Christina Eilman - Confession alleged in CHA fall
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- Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 14:28:58 GMT
From the Chicago Tribune--
Confession alleged in CHA fall
Jail inmate testified suspect admitted assault, lawyer says
By Carlos Sadovi
Tribune staff reporter
Published March 15, 2007
A man awaiting trial on charges of sexually assaulting a mentally ill
woman who fell from the seventh floor of a CHA building allegedly
admitted the attack to another man inside Cook County Jail, according
to court papers filed Wednesday.
The papers were filed on behalf of Marvin Powell, charged with
sexually assaulting Christina Eilman, 21, on May 8, 2006. Powell,
being held in lieu of bail, also is charged with aggravated kidnapping
and weapons counts.
A day before the attack, police arrested Eilman near Midway Airport
after a disturbance, authorities said. They later released her alone
in a high-crime neighborhood.
Powell's public defender, Sophia Atcherson, asked Cook County Criminal
Court Judge Thomas Sumner on Wednesday to issue a court order for
documents pertaining to past drug treatment and court-mandated mental
health evaluations for Randy Brown, to whom Powell allegedly confided.
In court papers, Atcherson said Brown testified before a grand jury
last summer and alleged that while he was in jail, "Mr. Powell
confessed to him that Mr. Powell sexually assaulted Ms. Eilman while
armed with a knife."
Atcherson said Brown is a convicted felon with a history of drug abuse
and has been evaluated for mental illness. After Brown's grand jury
testimony, Cook County prosecutors reindicted Powell and charged him
with an additional weapons count because of the knife, according to
Sumner granted Atcherson's request and ordered that Brown's records be
turned over to Powell's defense lawyers. Sumner set an April 10 status
Since the attack, Eilman's family has filed a federal lawsuit against
the city and Police Department. The lawsuit said officers ignored her
parents' pleas and her obvious symptoms of mental illness and released
her unaccompanied into an unfamiliar, high-crime neighborhood.
Eilman wandered through the neighborhood around 51st Street and
Wentworth Avenue before being attacked in the Robert Taylor Homes. She
suffered brain damage as a result of the fall.
Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune
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