A South Side man has been found guilty of murder in a rampage that left his wife and former girlfriend dead and eventually claimed the life of his father, prosecutors said.
James Amison was accused of flying into a rage on Dec. 11 and 12, 2009, when he strangled his ex-wife, Takisha Smith, in Steger, shot his father, James Johnson, in Maywood and fatally shot a former girlfriend, Stephanie Reed, in Chicago.
Amison’s father died a little more than a year later.
A Cook County Criminal Court jury found Amison guilty Thursday night, prosecutors said.
A Will County murder case involving his wife was transferred and became part of the Cook County case in which he was accused of killing his father and former girlfriend, court records show.
Prosecutors said at the time that Amison was convinced that his wife was having an affair with his father. Amison, now 40, was arrested a short time later after he tried to rob a South Side strip club, only to be shot by a patron.
In his trial this week, defense attorneys tried to paint Amison as delusional, citing a videotaped statement to police in which he said he was convinced his father was having an affair with his wife and that family members had taken life insurance policies out on him and were trying to have him killed.
Amison was found mentally fit for trial last year.
A sentencing date for Amison was not immediately available.Copyright © 2015, CT Now