Lawyer sentenced to life for killing former Bull`s ex, child

Lawyer sentenced to life for killing former Bull`s ex, 10-month-old child

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Former NBA center and Chicago Bull, Eddy Curry. Former NBA center and Chicago Bull, Eddy Curry.
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A lawyer was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for murdering the ex-girlfriend and child of former Bulls player Eddy Curry.

Cook County Judge Maura Slattery Boyle called Fredrick Goings a "predator" in the killings of Nova Henry and Ava Curry Henry.

Goings, who was hired by Nova Henry in a child support case against Curry, shot Henry, 24, in her South Loop condominium while she ran from the gunfire holding her daughter on Jan. 24, 2009, according to Cook County prosecutors.

Goings, 40, had an on-and-off romantic relationship with Nova Henry, but grew incensed when he learned that she had hired another lawyer and was planning to fight paying him $24,000 in attorney's fees, prosecutors said.

"Mr. Goings is basically a fraud," Boyle said. "You are a facade as a lawyer and a human being."

But Goings said he "still maintains my innocence today" and that there was a "rush to judgement" in his case.

"I loved Ava and Nova," he said, thanking everyone involved in the case, including prosecutors.

At least five members of Nova Henry and Ava Curry Henry's family took the stand to describe the impact of the murders.

Henry's aunt called Goings a "sheep in wolf's clothing" who stalked Nova Henry like a "pesky animal."

"You're really messed in the head, Fred," the woman seethed, staring at Goings.

Nova Henry's mother, Yolan, called Goings a "mad man" who was filled with "venom."

She said finding her grandson, Noah, playing with his sister's and mother's blood, was more than anyone should have to bear. But ultimately she said she forgave Goings.

"Fred, I forgive you and your family. That's something you'll have to deal with. Peace," Yolan Henry said.

Assistant State's Attorney James McKay described Goings' acts as "pure evil."

"He is a pathetic excuse for a man and he was a pathetic excuse of a lawyer. . . He deserves to die in prison," McKay said.

Goings fled to Indiana after gunning down Henry and the child at the home at 51 W. 15th St.

A hotel worker at a Comfort Inn in Michigan City, Ind., had testified that Goings was in a rush to do his laundry at a late hour. And police said they saw Goings in the hotel pool, furiously cleaning his nails in an apparent attempt to wash off evidence.

Curry and Henry's then 3-year-old son, Noah, also was at the condo at the time of the shootings, but he was unharmed.

When Yolan Henry found the boy alone with the bodies of his mother and sister, he allegedly told her who pulled the trigger.

"Fredrick did it," Yolan Henry testified that the boy told her, adding that he then "put his finger to his lips and said, ‘shhh.' "

Curry, a former star at Thornwood High School in South Holland before being drafted by the Bulls, did not testify. He now plays for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in China.

Defense attorneys argued Goings was innocent, pointing that no physical evidence tied him to the double murder.

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