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Murder Suspect Is Found Slain

Murder Suspect Is Found Slain
Chicago Tribune
April 23, 1989

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Police photograph, police report and medical report courtesy of Pete Crapia of Illinois.

The body of a Midlothian man scheduled to go on trial for murder was found in a Cook County Forest Preserve in Midlothian, authorities said Saturday.

Cook County Forest Preserve Police Commander Bruce Quintos said his investigators were checking several leads in the murder of Martin Myers, 43, of 14251 S. Central Ave.

Myers had been shot once in the head and once in the abdomen, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. His body was found at about 10:30 p.m. Friday near the entrance to the old, abandoned Bachelor Woods Cemetery, near Rubio Woods.

''We do have leads,'' said Quintos, ''and the investigators are out there now talking to people.'' Quintos said he could not disclose how the body was found. He said the body probably had not been there too long before being discovered.

Last January, Myers had pleaded not guilty in the Chicago Ridge branch of Cook County Circuit Court to a murder charge in the death of Mark Lee Tilton, 31, who police said lived out of his truck. What first appeared to be a hit- and-run accident turned out to be a murder, Hickory Hills police said in January.

Police alleged Myers deliberately ran down Tilton, who he believed was a rival for his ex-girlfriend's affections. Authorities said when Myers came across Tilton ''by chance,'' walking alone in the 8300 block of South Kean Avenue, he decided to kill him. Hickory Hills Police Chief Peter Hurst said Saturday that he believed Myers was to go on trial for the murder of Tilton in the next two weeks.

According to police reports, Myers, driving a utility truck, had driven past Tilton, turned around, sped up and hit him head-on.

Tilton was walking along the roadside because his truck had broken down in Chicago, police said. They said they weren't sure what he was doing in the area. Tilton had gotten off work earlier from his job at a Chicago company that refurbishes locomotive engines.

An autopsy by the Cook County medical examiner's office listed the cause of Tilton's death as multiple injuries caused by a motor vehicle. Police said they found glass and other evidence of a hit-and-run accident at the scene.

Myers had been employed as a truck driver until being charged with the murder, according to a neighbor. He had been married, but currently was living with his mother.

Cook County Forest Preserve police were handling the investigation on their own, Quintos said.

Medical Examiner Report