Jimmie Smith has pleaded responsible to the brutal, sadistic kidnapping and rape of two women and two girls.
He was charged for allegedly attacking his assistant public defender with a shank.
He has been busted for filming a talkshow in his jail cell utilizing a smuggled laptop computer, and charged with punching a feminine guard within the face, and spraying one other guard with a mix of urine and feces.
However on witness stand Wednesday, Smith insisted that when he was arrested for allegedly plotting to have the Prepare dinner County decide and prosecutor in his rape circumstances killed, he was solely making an attempt to place over a rip-off on police and prosecutors.
The plan was complicated Smith mentioned: Within the fall of 2014, fellow jail inmate Quinton Davis was going through a life sentence and wanted to chop a good plea deal, whereas Smith wished a brand new decide and prosecutor on his rape case. Davis supplied to place $2,000 on Smith’s jail commissary account, if Smith agreed to playact an try to rent a hitman. Davis would snitch Smith out to police, giving Davis leverage to chop a greater plea deal. As soon as the pretend plot was “uncovered,” the decide and prosecutor must recuse themselves from Smith’s case.
To Smith, who fancied himself a jailhouse lawyer — and one with out sufficient cash on his commissary account to afford a cup of noodles — it appeared like a stable plan.
“I used to be the pretend Johnnie Cochran. I didn’t suppose I used to be going to get myself in bother,” Smith mentioned on the stand Wednesday throughout three hours of testimony.
Sporting a darkish swimsuit — and shackled on the wrists, ankles and waist — Smith laughed and smiled usually throughout questioning by each his personal legal professionals and on cross-examination, generally drawing wry grins from spectators within the courtroom that included a half-dozen judges. Not smiling was Assistant State’s Lawyer Jim Papa, whose spouse, fellow prosecutor Michelle Papa, allegedly had been focused by Smith..
Smith’s rape case certainly was transferred out of the Decide James Linn’s courtroom after the alleged murder-for-hire plot was revealed, although Smith pleaded responsible to aggravated sexual assault on the eve of trial in 2016, and was sentenced to 110 years. Smith in 2009 kidnapped his 4 victims, two of them 14 years previous, from an Englewood residence, and beat and raped them, permitting his pit bull to chunk them. He held a gun to the pinnacle of one of many victims throughout video games of Russian roulette.
Smith already had gotten a brand new lawyer, after he allegedly attacked his assistant public defender in a 2014 assembly on the jail. His subsequent court-appointed non-public legal professionals later withdrew from the case, in accordance with courtroom data, apparently as a result of they’d reported to authorities that Smith made repeated threats in opposition to Michelle Papa.
The murder-for-hire case is being tried in entrance of DuPage County Decide Brian Telander, and personal lawyer Andrew Porter, a former federal prosecutor, is serving as particular prosecutor.
Wednesday, Porter famous Smith’s sexual assault convictions, and that Smith had shouted profanity at Linn every week after telling the undercover officer he wished the decide to have his “head lower off with a uninteresting knife” and giving directions on how you can incinerate the physique.
Smith, smirking, mentioned his remarks to the phony hitman had been “all within the script,” and he wished no hurt to come back to the decide.
“It wasn’t nothing below private. Legally, I had an issue with him,” Smith mentioned.