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No bond for man charged with killing rapper Twista's security guard

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Matthew Jackson. / Photo from Chicago Police. Matthew Jackson. / Photo from Chicago Police.
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Matthew X. Jackson fatally shot Davy Easterling, a security guard for Chicago rapper Twista, then cut his throat and helped start a fire during an armed robbery at a South Chicago apartment, prosecutors said.

On Friday, Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Jackson held without bond on murder and armed robbery charges, Homicide Watch Chicago is reporting.

On Feb. 20, Easterling was drinking in an apartment with the female tenant and Jackson’s girlfriend, Assistant State’s Attorney Beth Novy said. The two women eventually got into an argument and Jackson’s girlfriend left.

When she returned home, she told Jackson about the fight and how she saw Easterling with “foreign money,” Novy said. The couple then went back to the woman’s apartment, where Jackson allegedly held Easterling at gunpoint and demanded the money.

Jackson shot Easterling in the mouth and torso, then went to the kitchen and grabbed the knife he used to cut Easterling’s throat, Novy said. Jackson allegedly took Easterling’s belongings and left with the women.

Jackson stole Easterling’s car and three met at Jackson’s apartment, where he told his girlfriend and the other woman to find flammable liquids, Novy said. Easterling’s car was found burned inside and out “a few blocks” from Jackson’s apartment.

Twista took to social media to try and find Easterling, “a close friend” and security guard. “We are all worried and pray for his safe return,” Twista posted.

Easterling’s body was found about 6 a.m. the next day when firefighters responded to a blaze in the other woman’s apartment in the 8300 block of South Baker Avenue, authorities said.

The fire started in the rear bedroom of the first-floor apartment, and firefighters contained the blaze to that unit, Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said at the time.

Easterling, 31, of the 8100 block of South Vernon Avenue, was found dead in the bedroom, authorities said. An autopsy determined he died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Jackson, 25, of the 8000 block of South Champlain Avenue, is also awaiting trial in Bridgeview for residential burglary and attempted aggravated robbery, according to court documents.

Assistant Public Defender Andrea Webber said Jackson is a graduate of De La Salle High School and attended some college in downstate Carbondale and later at Kennedy King College.

He will be back in court June 24.

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