Son is accused of killing his parents after a night of card games at mum’s downtown apartment, prosecutors say

UPTOWN — A suburban man is charged with killing his parents following a family game night at his mother’s downtown apartment, prosecutors say.

Ocie Banks Jr. is charged with two counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of 61-year-old Sheila Banks and 79-year-old Ocie Banks Sr.

Banks Jr. is being held without bond. Public defender Stephanie Schlegel said Banks Jr. graduated from Steinmetz High School and worked as an Uber driver. He has a history of treatment for a mental illness, she said.

The Banks couple were found dead Sunday in Sheila Banks’ apartment at a senior living facility at 1032 W. Montrose Ave. Banks Jr., 33, was arrested on Tuesday.

Banks Jr. was kicked out of his parents’ home because he physically abused his father, Cook County prosecutors said during a court hearing Thursday. Banks Sr. then went to live with his son in Berwyn.

On Friday night, Banks Sr. and Jr. went to Sheila Banks’ Uptown apartment to play cards, prosecutors said. Two other guests and Sheila Banks were already at the apartment when father and son arrived. Their entry into the building and Sheila Banks’ apartment was caught on surveillance footage, prosecutors said.

At around 3 a.m. Saturday, Sheila Banks was seen on camera exiting her apartment with the two guests and escorting them to the elevator, prosecutors said. She then returned to her apartment. The only people left at the apartment after that were Sheila Banks, Ocie Banks Jr. and Ocie Banks Sr.

Around 6 a.m. Saturday, Banks Jr. was seen leaving his mother’s apartment, appearing to stop to lock the door before leaving, they said.

No one else left or entered the apartment until police arrived Sunday evening for a wellness inspection, prosecutors said. The door to the apartment was locked when police arrived, according to a statement from the property manager of the building where Sheila Banks lived.

Police attended the apartment with Banks Jr. and other family members and found the married couple dead in a bedroom, officials said.

Banks Sr. was found face down in bed with gunshot wounds to his forehead and back. Sheila Banks was found next to her husband with a gunshot wound to the temple, prosecutors said.

There were no signs of theft or forced entry into the apartment, officials said. No casings or weapons were recovered.

Banks Jr. was charged in the case based on CCTV and his history of abusing his father, prosecutors said. Investigators ruled out the possibility of a murder-suicide, they said.

Bank Jr. was out on bail in a federal robbery case when he allegedly killed his parents, prosecutors say. Banks Jr. has previous convictions for unlawful use of a weapon.

Judge Maryam Ahmad approved prosecutors’ requests to hold Banks Jr. without bond, saying the state’s “most compelling” evidence was surveillance video showing movement from the apartment.

Banks Jr. is due in court on May 3.

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