Joshua Smith was charged in connection to the shooting death earlier this week of 66-year-old Associate Cook County Circuit Judge Raymond Myles. The judge’s 52-year-old girlfriend, who is not being named, was shot in the leg but is expected to survive.
Police say Smith, who is believed to be the getaway driver in the shooting plot, is related to the ex-husband of Myles’ girlfriend, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Investigators are now looking into whether the judge’s girlfriend for personal reasons, law enforcement sources say.
Her ex later secured an emergency order of protection against her, claiming she had threatened to shoot him, court records show.
Smith told police that he and his partner were trying to rob the judge’s girlfriend when Myles was killed, prosecutors said Thursday.