MAN CHARGED WITH SOLICITING
MURDERS OF THREE
Thursday, July 15, 2010— A Cicero man already facing charges of murdering his infant daughter is now accused of trying to solicit the murders of three of her relatives, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Thursday.
Jorge Galvez, 20, is charged with three counts of solicitation of murder for hire. He will appear in bond court on Friday morning, though he is already being held on no bond since March for the murder charge he's facing.
Recently, Galvez, who perceived these relatives to be a threat to his case, began asking fellow inmates for help in finding someone to carry out a hit for him.
Officers with the Cook County Sheriff’s Criminal Intelligence Unit — a group based at the jail which investigates gang crimes and other criminal activity in the jail — learned of Galvez’s search and assigned an undercover officer to pose as a hit man. Galvez made several phone calls to the officer to arrange for the officer to visit him at the jail.
During their first meeting in the visiting room at the jail, Galvez provided the officer with names and addresses of the intended victims. A second meeting was arranged where the officer confirmed the details with Galvez, who said he’d arrange for payment to be made to the officer in the form of both drugs and money once he was released from jail.
When asked by the undercover officer how he wanted the murder carried out, Galvez requested he just “run up on them and blast them” meaning he wanted the victims shot with a gun, quickly without care for precision.
Galvez, a member of the Latin Kings street gang, was charged in March with killing his 3-week-old daughter. An investigation showed she died from blunt head trauma caused by child abuse. Galvez is accused of throwing his daughter at a crib in an attempt to stop her from crying. As she lay unresponsive, he left her so he could take a nap.
Galvez continues to be held in the maximum security division of the Cook County Jail. His next court date, on the original first degree murder charge, is set for July 20, 2010 in Maywood.