A judge today denied bail for a Country Club Hills man charged with fatally shooting his sister and brother-in-law in a dispute over a home they had inherited.
The bond hearing was held Wednesday in Cook County Central Bond Court in Chicago, because the defendant, 50-year-old Kenneth Rhodes, is the brother of Cook County Judge James L. Rhodes, who sits in the county’s branch courthouse in south suburban Markham.
Prosecutors said one of Rhodes’ victims, his brother-in-law, Nathaniel Bracy, was on the phone last Friday as Rhodes shot him and Rhodes’ sister, Pauline Betts-Bracy around 9 p.m. inside a condominium in the 19300 block of Oakwood Avenue.
The caller on the other end of the line called police after she heard gurgling sounds from Bracy and the line went dead, court records state.
When police arrived, they found Bracy and Betts-Bracy bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds. Both died of their injuries, the Cook County Medical Examiner said.
Earlier that day, a witness said they drove Rhodes from the condo, where he had lived with Bracy and Betts-Bracy.
Rhodes and his sister had recently inherited the condo from their deceased mother, records state, and the witness said Rhodes was “very angry and agitated” after having a verbal argument with his sister about the condo.
During the drive, the witness overheard Rhodes tell someone on his cell phone, “I’m going to need a ride tonight, don’t ask any questions,” according to court documents. “If I can’t have this house, no one can.”
Later that day, investigators learned Rhodes had gone to a residence in Maywood and retrieved a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver he kept there.
Rhodes’ cell phone records show he was in the area of the murder scene from 8 to 9:15 p.m., and a witness at the Maywood residence said Rhodes returned there with the gun around 10:30 p.m.
“He gave the gun to a witness and said ‘I got two bodies on it,’” court records state.
Police continued monitoring Rhodes' cell phone and were able to arrest him near the residence, where they recovered the gun.
The clothing Rhodes was wearing at the time of his arrest showed traces of gunpowder and his sister’s blood, court records state.