May 22, 2007
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Cook County.
TREVELLE JACKSON, ) Honorable
) Thomas R. Sumner,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
PRESIDING JUSTICE WOLFSON delivered the opinion of the
The jury in this murder trial watched the videotape where
defendant Trevelle Jackson described how he took part in the
fatal shooting of Anthony Redmond. Based on the defendant’s oral
and videotaped confessions and little else, the jury found the
defendant guilty of first degree murder. He was sentenced to 40
years in prison. The only issue in this appeal is whether the
defendant’s confessions were admissible.
Before trial, the trial court granted the defendant’s motion
to quash arrest based on a lack of probable cause. Then the
court denied defendant’s motion to suppress statements he made to
police, finding the statements were voluntary and were
sufficiently attenuated from the illegal arrest. On appeal,
defendant makes two claims: his conviction should be reversed
because his confessions were the fruit of his illegal arrest, and