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Lawyer guilty of killing Eddy Curry’s ex-girlfriend, child

Updated: February 13, 2013 1:52PM



A Cook County jury on Tuesday night convicted a Chicago lawyer of killing the ex-girlfriend of former Chicago Bull Eddy Curry and their 10-month-old daughter.

Fredrick D. Goings, who was hired by Nova Henry in a child support case against Curry, shot Henry, 24, in her South Loop condominium while she ran from the gunfire, holding her daughter, Ava, on Jan. 24, 2009, according to Cook County prosecutors.

Goings, 40, showed no visible reaction when the jury delivered the guilty verdicts after nearly four hours of deliberations. A few of Goings’ relatives buried their hands in their faces and cried.

Nearly three dozen of Henry and Ava’s relatives also shed tears, but they also sighed with relief and smiled.

“I’m feeling elated. I can breathe,” Henry’s mother, Yolan Henry, said outside of Circuit Court Judge Maura Slattery Boyle’s courtroom. “I feel justice has been served for Nova, Ava and Noah (Henry’s surviving son),”

Goings had an on-and-off romantic relationship with Nova Henry but grew incensed when he learned that she had hired another lawyer and was planning to fight paying him $24,000 in attorney’s fees, prosecutors said.

Goings fled to Indiana after gunning down Henry and the child at the home at 51 W. 15th St.

A hotel worker at a Comfort Inn in Michigan City, Ind., testified last week that Goings was in a rush to do his laundry at a late hour. And police said they saw Goings in the hotel pool, furiously cleaning his nails in an apparent attempt to wash off evidence.

Curry and Henry’s then 3-year-old son, Noah, also was at the condo at the time of the shootings, but he was unharmed.

When Yolan Henry found the boy alone with the bodies of his mother and sister, he allegedly told her who pulled the trigger.

“Fredrick did it,” Yolan Henry testified that the boy told her, adding that he then “put his finger to his lips and said, ‘shhh.”

Curry, a former star at Thornwood High School in South Holland before being drafted by the Bulls, did not testify during Goings’ trial. He now plays for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in China.

Defense attorneys argued that Goings was innocent, pointing that no physical evidence tied him to the double murder.



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