Christopher Jackson, 34, and the woman had broken up a few months before the attack in September of 2008. The ex-girlfriend had gotten an order of protection against Jackson because he was harassing her and her new boyfriend, according to a press release from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
Two other people who were sleeping in another room heard the gunshots and fled to a neighbor’s house to call police. One of them returned to the apartment with the neighbor who grabbed a frying pan as they approached the bedroom, the release said.
When they opened the door, Jackson was stabbing his ex-girlfriend while sitting on top of her. The neighbor hit Jackson on the head with the pan and with the help of the other person subdued him until police arrived, officials said.
The ex-girlfriend, then 28, and White, 24, were taken to a nearby hospital where White was pronounced dead. The ex-girlfriend suffered multiple stab wounds to her chest, face and neck and was left with permanent injuries, officials said.
Jackson was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and home invasion. He was convicted December 2011 at a bench trial.
Cook County Judge James Joyce sentenced him to natural life for the murder and 47 years for the attempted murder and the home invasion.