Carl Curry

A Cook County grand jury on May 5 handed down a 22-count indictment against Carl C. Curry, the man accused of killing two people inside a Riverside apartment late last year.

The grand jury charged Curry with 16 counts of first-degree murder and six counts of home invasion, all Class X felonies that each carry prison sentences of between six and 30 years, if convicted.

Curry remains in custody at the Stateville Correctional Center, where he was sent April 14 for having violated the terms of his parole. At the time of the Riverside killings, Curry was on parole for a 2019 weapons conviction.

His arraignment is set for May 19 at the Maybrook courthouse in Maywood.

According to Cook County prosecutors, Curry took the train from downstate Danville and then used a relative’s car to drive to Riverside where, early on Nov. 13, he forced his way into a third-floor apartment at 63 Forest Ave. and shot 38-year-old Jeremy Lane and 31-year-old Tiata Johnson as they lay in bed.

Five days earlier, on Nov. 8 Johnson had called police to her Danville apartment to have Curry removed, accusing him of threatening her. Police charged Curry, who had been paroled from prison that August, with disorderly conduct.

Fearing for her life, Johnson fled to Riverside to stay with Lane, a former boyfriend. After Johnson ignored several attempts by Curry to reach her after he was discharged from Danville police custody, Curry allegedly tracked Johnson to Lane’s residence in Riverside.

Prosecutors say that after killing Lane and Johnson, Curry fled the state to a relative’s home in Hyannis, Massachusetts, where the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force took him into custody in December.

Curry was held in the Barnstable County, Massachusetts, jail for fourth months while fighting extradition back to Cook County. But, on April 8 Curry was back in Illinois, appearing in bond court at the Maybrook courthouse after the state’s attorney approved charging him with two counts of first-degree murder.