A man who once faced 70 years in prison for a 2008 Naperville murder is scheduled to be retried Oct. 21 for the crime because his conviction was overturned last year by the state appellate court.
Tyrell Jackson, 25, of Villa Park, was convicted in August 2010 of the April 1, 2008, murder of John D. Rosales, who was shot to death during a drug-related invasion of his home.
In January, Jackson’s conviction was reversed by the Illinois Appellate Court, which decided that Will County Circuit Court Judge Richard Schoenstedt should have suppressed statements, including a confession, that Jackson made to two Naperville police detectives during an interview about seven hours after Rosales’ death.
The appellate court panel ruled that when Jackson told the detectives he did not want to talk anymore, they should have ended the interview but didn’t and Jackson eventually confessed to shooting Rosales.
On April 1, 2008, Rosales, 23, was at his townhouse at 2511 Sheehan Drive playing video games with four other men, including Jackson co-defendants Courtney Mayes and Cherrod Moore, according to court records.
They indicate that Mayes received three phone calls, and after the last call two men, one with a handgun, burst into the residence and demanded money, marijuana and cocaine from Rosales. He gave them some money and then started to lie on the floor when one intruder shot him in the neck, according to court records.
The intruders, allegedly Jackson and Reginald Chandler-Martin, fled in a car.
Chandler-Martin, 27, Mayes, 26, and Moore, 33, all of Aurora, were convicted of murder in the case and sentenced to prison. But appellate court judges later overturned the convictions of Mayes and Moore, finding that Naperville police did not have probable cause to detain and later charge them in the killing.
Mayes pleaded guilty in November to aggravated robbery and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Moore pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery in January and also received 15 years imprisonment.
A jury convicted Chandler-Martin in July 2010, and he was sentenced to 39 years. His case is under appeal.