Cook County State’s Attorney brings charges in 27-year-old unsolved murder

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New DNA testing in a 27-year-old unsolved Chicago homicide has resulted in murder charges being filed against a convicted felon now charged with stabbing and killing a CTA bus driver in his South Side home during a home invasion in 1983, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced.

Anthony Kemp, 45, has been charged with First Degree Murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of Hosey Reynolds, 37, who was slain in February of 1983 in his apartment in the 8100 block of South Maryland. At the time of his murder, Reynolds was employed by the Chicago Transit Authority as a bus driver.

The charges against Kemp are the result of an investigation by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Cold Case Unit and the Chicago Police Department’s Detective Division. A new round of scientific testing was recently conducted by investigators working on the case and a DNA profile was discovered on a black leather glove that had been left at the victim’s apartment. The DNA profile on the glove matched the defendant’s DNA profile. In addition, a blood stained t-shirt recovered from inside the victim’s car, also was analyzed and matched to Kemp.

According to prosecutors, between February 2 and February 3 of 1983, Kemp entered Reynolds’ apartment and attacked him inside the kitchen. Reynolds suffered slash wounds to his left hand and multiple stab wounds to his chest, neck and lower back. An autopsy later determined the victim died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

According to prosecutors, Kemp then stole the victim’s stereo, speakers and record player as well as his 1983 Toyota Celica. The victim’s car was found abandoned near his apartment. Police investigated the murder but it remained unsolved.

Kemp was arrested by investigators as he exited an Illinois Department of Corrections facility in downstate Illinois, where he had been serving a sentence for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Judge Donald Panarese entered a no bond order for Kemp and set his next court date for February 15.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Chicago Police Department Detectives and Assistant State’s Attorneys from her Cold Case Unit for their work on the case.

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