Man convicted of 2011 murder, robbery near New Lenox
Sun-Times Media January 14, 2014 4:52PM
Rodney Julun / photo from Will County Sheriff's police
Updated: February 16, 2014 6:34AM
A Chicago man was convicted of murder Tuesday stemming from the beating death of a New Lenox Township man in his residence in 2011.
A Will County jury deliberated for 90 minutes Tuesday before convicting Rodney Julun, 25, of the June 10, 2011, murder of 59-year-old Dwight Jones, the Will County State’s Attorney’s office said in a release.
According to authorities, Julun and Jones met in Chicago the night of the murder and went together to Jones’ home in the 13300 block of 184th Place near New Lenox, where Julun intended to rob him.
Julun beat Jones with a brass lamp found in the home, wrapped his body in a sheet and doused him with gasoline, prosecutors argued.
Julun, of the 6900 block of South Laflin Street, testified he beat Jones in self-defense and claimed that Jones sexually assaulted him, the release said.
Prosecutors called his testimony false, and pointed to inconsistencies in several different versions of events he gave to police, the release said.
After the murder, Julun left the house in the victim’s Volkswagen Jetta, and took cash and other valuables he later tried to sell on the streets and at pawnshops in Chicago, the release said.
He returned to the home with John White, 23, and David Reed, 25, and stole other items, including televisions, computers and jewelry, prosecutors said.
White and Reed pleaded guilty to residential burglary in 2012 and were sentenced to six and four years in prison, respectively.
Relatives found Jones’ body four days after he was killed, when they grew concerned they could not reach him, and went to check on him, authorities said previously.
Julun faces between 20 and 60 years in prison, and is scheduled to appear for sentencing April 1 before Judge Daniel Rozak.