“Beloved” by her colleagues as a mental health expert at Cermak Hospital, Jennifer Hamilton had a protective order against her ex-husband. That didn’t stop him from shooting her while she was on a video call with her doctor outside the Brickyard Mall on the northwest side of Chicago, prosecutors said during her bail hearing on Friday.
Alphonso W. Hamilton, 50, charged with murder, was denied bail during an audio streaming hearing before Cook County Judge Kelly Marie McCarthy.
The two were in the process of going their separate ways when Hamilton, 47, was fatally shot in a Target parking lot outside the Brickyard Mall in the 6500 block of West Diversey Avenue around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.
The attack began when Jennifer Hamilton, who had a protective order against Alphonso Hamilton set to expire May 9, drove a white Jeep Cherokee to the home the two shared in Chicago and pulled into its parking lot. to start a conference call. with his doctor, prosecutors said.
At 9:29 a.m. she saw Alphonso Hamilton pull over and she told her doctor she had the protective order. After fleeing, he followed, according to prosecutors.
At one point, while she was on the phone, the doctor asked if they should call 911, but she said she “wasn’t terribly worried that the defendant would hurt her,” they said. prosecutors said.
While she was on the lot at Target, her ex-husband pulled up next to her again and parked as she got out and walked to the back of the Jeep and told the doctor that she would be back shortly.
When the husband then got out of his car and approached her, the doctor saw Jennifer Hamilton “make a sudden movement” and come back to the driver’s door and start to open it while telling the doctor to call 911, prosecutors said.
As she tried to flee, he shot her five times, prosecutors say, then fled, going to Schiller Park police station, where he confessed to ‘shooting someone’ , according to a report from Chicago police and prosecutors.
The doctor remained on call until police, responding to a call from ShotSpotter, attended the scene, prosecutors said.
After turning himself in, Hamilton told police he shot her five or six times after asking her if she was seeing anyone else and she said yes, according to prosecutors.
After thinking about turning the gun on himself, he called his mother, who suggested he turn himself in, prosecutors say.
Jennifer Hamilton, who died of multiple gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m. at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, which ruled her death a homicide.
Alphonso Hamilton has a felony conviction, a 2003 domestic assault in Missouri for which he was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections, as well as two misdemeanors, both of which were domestic assaults from 2001 and 2003, have prosecutors said.
Hamilton, who was “loved by her coworkers,” was a shop steward for SEIU Local 73 and worked as a mental health specialist at Cermak Health Services, located on the Cook County Jail campus, according to a statement from the union president Dian Palmier.
“Our union is devastated by the tragic loss of our dear member and steward Jennifer Hamilton,” Palmer said.
“Over the past four years, Jennifer has been a strong advocate for her patients and her unionized sisters and brothers. Jennifer had a genuine passion for her mental health work. When you spoke to him, you understood his commitment to providing the best possible care to his patients, before and throughout the pandemic,” Palmer said in the statement. “Her tragic death will be felt by all whose lives she touched.”
Aldus. Gilbert Villegas, 36th, who also spoke about the attack, stressed the need for the community to notify authorities if they see signs of domestic violence.
Hamilton is due back in court on May 18.