SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - Bond was set at $3 million on Wednesday for the Lansing man charged with fatally shooting the driver of a semitrailer Friday afternoon on the Reagan Memorial Tollway near west Suburban Oak Brook.
Anthony Tillmon, 34, appeared in court Wednesday morning on a charge of first-degree murder, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
Illinois State Police announced the charges Tuesday.
Eduardo Munoz, 43, of Sunrise, Florida, was shot about 4 p.m. while he drove east on Interstate 88 in a 2007 Volvo semitrailer, state police said.
After he was wounded, Munoz was able to pull over to the right shoulder near milepost 138.5 between 22nd Street and York Road, where he was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and later died, police said.
Tillmon was identified as the shooter following an investigation, police said. He was taken into custody and is being held at the DuPage County Jail, where he awaits an expected bond hearing on Wednesday.
The investigation indicated the shooting was related to road rage, police said. There were not apparent ties between the two men.
Talking to reporters after Tillmon’s bond hearing, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin described how technology played a pivotal role in the case. Tillmon was driving a tow truck at the time — a vehicle equipped with GPS, Berlin said.
The truck was identified as a vehicle belonging to a tow company in Calumet City and the truck had been assigned to Tillmon, Berlin said.
“The GPS confirmed the truck was at the scene of the murder at the time of the shooting,” Berlin said.
“I-Pass records and video from toll plazas” also put Tillmon’s truck “at the scene of the shooting and show the two trucks actually driving right next to each other moments before the shots were fired,” Berlin said.
Video surveillance showed Tillmon’s truck at a Walmart in Lansing, and Tillmon being picked up by his girlfriend, Berlin said
A 9mm shell casing was later recovered from the tow truck, Berlin said.
Berlin said witnesses saw Tillmon and the victim arguing and driving aggressively beside each other.
“They were able to observe arms flailing. They couldn’t hear what was being said, but it was clear an argument was going on,” Berlin said.
Berlin had no information about what might have sparked the argument.
Munoz was shot three times, but then managed to pull his truck to the side of the road,” thereby averting further potential danger to the public,” Berlin said.