A man has been charged with fatally shooting Chicago rapper Twista’s security guard, a man who was found dead in February after a fire in the South Chicago neighborhood.
Matthew X. Jackson, 25, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery for the Feb. 21 attack in the 8300 block of South Baker Avenue, police News Affairs said in a statement.
Davy Easterling, 31, was found dead after crews responded about 6 a.m. to a fire at a 2 1/2-story, multi-unit building at that address, authorities said.
The fire started in the rear bedroom, where Easterling was found with gunshot wounds to the throat and chest, authorities said.
Easterling, of the 8100 block of South Vernon Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:41 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy found he died of multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide.
Authorities have identified Jackson as the alleged shooter, the statement said.
Two days before Easterling was found, the rapper had been posting on social media that “a close friend” and security guard was missing.
Fire officials and the police Bomb and Arson Unit investigated the blaze.
Jackson, of the 8000 block of South Champlain Avenue, will appear in court for a bond hearing Thursday.