Matthew X. Jackson, 25

Matthew X. Jackson, 25, has been charged with murder and robbery in the Feb. 21 killing of Davy Easterling, who was found shot to death in a burning apartment. (Chicago Police photo / June 4, 2014)

A Chatham man has been charged with the slaying of rapper Twista's bodyguard, who was found shot to death in a South Side apartment in February after someone started a fire there, authorities said.

Matthew X. Jackson, 25, is facing charges of murder and armed robbery in the death of Davy Easterling, 31.

Easterling was found around 6 a.m. on Feb. 21 after firefighters were called to an apartment in the 8300 block of South Baker Avenue, officials said. An autopsy found he had died of  multiple gunshot wounds. Easterling was discovered in the bedroom, a fire official said.

The Fire Department's Office of Fire Investigations determined the fire was started by someone, but Jackson has not been charged with arson.

Police were not releasing details on why Easterling was killed and what led to charges against Jackson. A statement said only that "Jackson was identified as the offender who shot a 31-year-old male victim, resulting in the victim’s death."

The day Easterling was found dead, Twista posted messages on Twitter and Instagram saying Easterling, his bodyguard and "close friend," had been missing for three days.

"#RIP Davy Easterling aka 6'9 I have lost too many good friends to these streets," Twista sent out on his verified Twitter account.

Twista has represented Chicago in his music for two decades. He previously was known as Tung Twista.

State records indicate Easterling had received a firearms training certificate that would enable him to carry a gun as a security guard.

Jackson did not appear in Cook County bond court on Thursday but is already in Cook County jail on another charge.

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