Dollar store murder conviction affirmed
HANOVER PARK – The conviction of Jerry Lockhart, who was previously found guilty of stabbing an employee at a Hanover Park dollar store in 2008, was recently affirmed by the Second District Appelllate Court of Illinois, according to a news release from DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin.
Lockhart was found guilty of armed robbery and first degree murder by a jury in March of 2011. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison by Judge John Kinsella.
Police found Dollar + Store employee Vatsala Thakkar, of Hanover Park, severely injured at her place of work after responding to a 911 call on Nov. 20, 2008. She had been stabbed in the back multiple times and was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
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