Prosecutors secure 50-year sentence in murder case

A Chicago man was sentenced to 50 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the shooting death of a man on his way to a family party, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Carl McCoy, 33, of the 8000 block of South Eberhart Avenue, was sentenced today for the 2008 murder of Woodrow Culverson, 59, of Chicago.

According to prosecutors, on August 30, 2008, Culverson was on his way to his brother’s house after having just taken his wife and sister home from another gathering.  Approximately 25 minutes later, Culverson’s car crashed into a light pole.  Another male, later identified by witnesses as McCoy, exited the driver’s side of Culverson’s car and told a witness to call an ambulance.  McCoy then fled the area on foot.  Culverson was found in the passenger seat of his vehicle with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and he subsequently died from the injury.

As a result of a police investigation, McCoy’s DNA was found on the deployed driver’s side airbag of Culverson’s car.  When questioned, McCoy denied knowing the victim or being in the car.  McCoy was positively identified by witnesses as the driver in a line-up.

McCoy was convicted by a jury of First Degree Murder on December 6, 2012 and sentenced today by Cook County Judge Diane Cannon to 50 years in prison.

Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys James Murphy and Mary McMahon and the Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.