Oak Park Police Seeking Public's Help In Deaths Of 2 Prominent Attorneys

Police say they are investigating the “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the deaths.

Mike Krauser
April 14, 2020 - 9:25 am

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OAK PARK (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Oak Park Police are asking for help from the public as they investigate the “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the deaths of a husband and wife, prominent attorneys, found in their home during a well-being check on Monday night. 

Officers were called at about 7:30 p.m. for a well-being check inside a home in the 500 block of Fair Oaks Avenue, near Chicago Avenue, and found two people dead inside, Oak Park spokesman David Powers said in an emailed statement.

"Let me say on behalf of the Oak Park Police Department, I want to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the two victims," said Oak Park Police Chief LaDon Reynolds in a video press release, regarding the deaths of Thomas E. Johnson, 69, and his wife, Leslie Ann Jones, 67, both Chicago attorneys.

"Preliminary information gathered at the scene indicates that the deaths occurred under suspicious circumstances; however, none of the injuries appear to be self-inflicted."

Chief Reynolds did not say how they were killed. 

"We had no information to suggest their is any risk to the neighborhood or community; however, in an abundance of caution we have increased patrols and police visibility in the area," Reynolds said.

The West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and the Cook County medical examiner’s office were called to investigate.

“The scene is still an active investigation,” Reynolds said.

The medical examiner’s office has not released details about the cause or manner of the fatalities.

Johnson and Jones were known in political circles and in their community. Johnson was a longtime hearing officer with the Chicago Police Board - a judge essentially presiding over police misconduct cases.  Last year, he presided at hearings for four police officers accused of covering up the investigation into the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. He also presided at an hearing for an officer who shot and killed 55-year-old Bette Jones, 55, and Quintonio LaGrier, 18, during a 2016 confrontation with LaGrier. All five officers were eventually fired.

Both were partners at the law firm Johnson, Jones, Snelling, Gilbert & Davis.