A Cook County judge cited a defendant’s “evil eye of intimidation” as he found him guilty Thursday of the 2009 stabbing death and robbery of a Tinley Park diesel mechanic returning home to his apartment after working the overnight shift.
Former gang member Lazzerick Mosley, 32, sat expressionless, his left index finger on his chin, as Judge John J. Hynes laid out what he found was overwhelming evidence of Mosley’s guilt, including Mosley’s DNA inside the victim’s car and on the peeling knife used in the murder as well as incriminating testimony from Mosley’s own family and friends.
Relatives of William “Randy” Schmidt, who lived alone in his apartment near 159th Street and pursued hobbies including astronomy, fishing and music, was pleased with the verdicts.
“It’s a great tragedy for our family, and our hope is (Mosley) will be kept out of the public for a very long time,” the victim’s brother Richard said by phone. Mosley faces up to natural life in prison when Hynes sentences him Jan. 9.
William Schmidt, 53, was returning home from his job at a Monee truck stop when Mosley, who had been stalking him for weeks, ordered him to turn over his valuables and then repeatedly slashed Schmidt’s throat and watched him die.
But Mosley lost the knife — a Chicago Cutlery piece that his father soon noticed was missing from his kitchen — amid the clutter of Schmidt’s apartment. He stole Schmidt’s Honda Fit, then abandoned it at a Dolton nursing home after being spooked by a police car, tossing the keys in a wooded area.
He asked his brother and a friend to help them look for the keys when he realized he needed them to retrieve the murder weapon. Mosley confessed details to the two as well as to his father that “only the killer would know,” Hynes said.
Hynes found that Mosley’s brother’s initial reluctance to testify against Mosley was because of fear, noting how Mosley had “stared” and “glared” at them when they testified in court.
“That’s the evil eye of intimidation,” Hynes said.
Mosley’s wife, Sandra, who married him two months before the murder, put her face in her hands as Hynes gave his guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, home invasion, armed robbery and possession of a stolen murder vehicle.
“(Lazzerick Mosley) was not even like that. I can’t believe this,” Sandra Mosley said. “This is too much for me.”
Schmidt’s brother, an astronomer, said he’s reminded of his brother whenever he looks through a telescope at the night sky. His brother loved to take his 10-inch telescope out to an unlit area near his home and search for galaxies, he said.
“We shared that,” he said. “Sometimes I feel I can see him there in the heavens.”