CHICAGO | Bond was set Wednesday at $750,000 for a prison inmate who now faces new criminal charges in the 2010 slaying of a Lansing man who was found beaten in the trunk of his car in the Roseland neighborhood.
Criminal Court Judge Donald Panarese set the bond for Tomie Nickles, 20, of Chicago, who faces a charge of murder for the death of 27-year-old Phillip Baldwin.
Officials with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said Nickles’ new case will come up again in court for a preliminary hearing July 1 at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building, 2650 S. California Ave.
During the bond hearing, prosecutors said that Baldwin was found Aug. 12, 2010, in the trunk of his car parked near 111th Street and Edbrooke Avenue. Police had learned that earlier in the day, Baldwin’s cellphone had been used to contact Nickles’ phone in a three-way call. Prosecutors also said fingerprints belonging to Nickles and Deandre Martin were found in the trunk of Baldwin’s car.
Panarese also issued an arrest warrant for Martin on Wednesday.
Nickles has been an inmate at the Shawnee Correctional Center in Southern Illinois since March 2012, serving a three-year sentence for an unrelated conviction for felony possession/use of a firearm.
Illinois Department of Corrections officials said he is scheduled for parole on that charge on Sept. 2.