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This Day in History: Roger Myers murder 3/2/1978 Willow Springs, IL *Stabbed to death by Jerry Kavinsky, after Jerry and his friends broke into his home*

roger-myersThe crime:

On the morning of March 2, 1978, defendant told Metzger of a burglary he had committed on the prior night. A defense mistrial motion based on this testimony was denied. Metzger then described how defendant, himself, and three others (Pennock, Owens, and Garcia) had set out to commit burglaries. The first attempt was abandoned when movement was seen inside the target apartment. The second attempt ended when the resident came to the door. Defense counsel’s objection to this testimony was overruled.Metzger’s testimony then centered upon the Myers occurrence. Defendant apparently called the Myers apartment and believed that no one was home. The group drove to the apartment and broke in through the back door. As they went through the house, Metzger found Roger hiding under a bed. Informed of Roger’s presence, defendant decided that it would be necessary to kill Roger in order to prevent him from going to the police. Roger was taken to the car in which defendant and the others had come. The group drove to the school of defendant’s girlfriend, intending to inject “tic” into Roger “to DOA him.” Defendant’s girlfriend did not have any of the drug, and defendant rejected her suggestion that they try to buy Roger’s silence. The group then left the school, and Metzger was dropped off. Four days later, defendant told Metzger that everything went as planned and that Roger was dead. Asked how he had killed Roger, defendant responded with an apparent stabbing gesture.

‘If he answered the phone…’
Youth denies taking part in boy’s slaying
Westmont youth guilty in stabbing death of boy
WLS Channel 7 news (at 7:15)
Jerry Kavinsky appeal 1
Jerry Kavinsky appeal 2
Jesus Garcia appeal
Kavinsky confession
Slain boy cried
Jerry Kavinsky sentencing
Owens & Garcia Verdict
Jerry Kavinsky gets a Bachelor’s Degree while in prison

Defendants:
Jerry Lynn Kavinsky [convicted of murder/kidnapping; 40 years in prison; released and did his parole in NC]
Donald Patrick Owens
Jesus Garcia [acquitted of murder; convicted of kidnapping; 15 years in prison]
Dean Metzger – pled guilty, sentenced to 10 years in prison
Paul Pennock

INMATE INFORMATION
(parole)

JERRY KAVINSKY
Offender Number: 0578847
Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: INACTIVE
Gender: MALE
Race: WHITE
Ethnic Group: EUROPEAN/N.AM./AUSTR
Birth Date: 04/23/1962
Age: 54

kavinskyj-info

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4 Responses

  1. Here’s something freaky I just learned- I knew Jerry Kavinsky briefly just before he murdered that poor child. I just did a search on peoplefinders.com and it appears his only published address is in Rocky Mount, NC. It must be him because it shows his mother, Caroline, as also having (multiple) addresses in Rocky Mount, NC, and it lists addresses for her in Downers Grove, Westmont, and Lisle, Il as well. The freaky part? I now live in Rocky Mount, NC too.

  2. It is definitely NOT the Kavinsky of North Lima, OH (Jerry Kavinsky Auto Svc.) Please be more careful before submitting questions like this–The math would make him 44 years old and obviously Jerry Kavinsky in North Lima is much older.

  3. George,

    I meant no offense, and simply asked as that is not a common name and the only one found in the US. I had no idea how old he (the one in OH is). I did not call him a murderer or anything as such. No reason to take offense. I was just surprised to find out that Jerry Kavinsky was even released from prison at all.

  4. Huh…I figured he would get killed in prison…I was in Joliet with him (Kavinsky) back in the early 80’s,,,

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