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Crime & Courts

Berwyn woman charged with first-degree murder in shooting death of boyfriend

Jonice S. Robinson, 28, of Berwyn has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly shooting and killing a man she was believed to be dating.
Jonice S. Robinson, 28, of Berwyn has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly shooting and killing a man she was believed to be dating.

BERWYN – A Berwyn woman has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly shooting and killing a man she was believed to be dating.

At 1:08 a.m. June 24, the Berwyn Police Department received several 911 calls from an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Oak Park Avenue in Berwyn, reporting a domestic altercation between a man and woman followed by a series of gun shots and screams, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.

Officers responded and found truck driver Erik JM Smith, 35, of Olympia Fields, unresponsive on the floor of the apartment with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. Smith was transported to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was later pronounced dead by an emergency room doctor.

Jonice S. Robinson, a 28-year-old caregiver from Berwyn, also was located inside the apartment and taken into custody, the post stated. A handgun was recovered from the apartment as well.

It appears Smith and Robinson were home alone at the time of the incident, and they were believed to be involved in an active dating relationship, according to the post.

Several officers and detectives from the West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force were called in to assist Berwyn police with evidence collection and crime scene processing, police said. The Cook County State's Attorney’s Office approved a charge of first-degree murder against Robinson.

A bond hearing for Robinson is scheduled for June 26 at the Fourth Municipal District courthouse in Maywood, the post stated.

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