The paranoia of the accused murderer Christopher Naidu and his distracting behavior in the hours after the murders of his drug partners suggest him as an attacker, a prosecutor said on Monday.
But Naidu’s attorney said his client’s behavior following the ambush murders of the two men he traded cocaine with was consistent with fears that he might be next.
“If you are the last surviving member of a group, two of whom were recently killed, one thing should be concerned,” Defense attorney Jim Lutz told Justice Jim Eamon.
Prosecutor Todd Buziak suggested Naidu’s behavior when he was told on April 20, 2018 that Joshua (Bigs) Bamfo and Mahad (Moody) Ainanshe pointed out him as a murderer.
Buziak said the Crown’s theory was that Naidu met his business associates in an alley in the northwest parish of Evanston to kill them and take the cell phone that contained all of the contacts the trio made for their dial-a – Had dope business.
He said not only did Naidu get the phone when he fatally shot the two victims, he could steal $ 8-10,000, said a witness Ainanshe had with him.
When Naidu went home to Bamfo, a long-time friend, the next day, he was able to leave behind hundreds of dollars that he and the dead man’s sister, Crystal, discovered in his bedroom.
“He’s trying to distract attention. Why steal a few hundred dollars when he already has the phone, when he already has $ 8-10,000,” said Buziak.
“That’s not a lot of money compared to what he’s already bought.”
Buziak also noted that Naidu repeatedly told the sister he needed to find a lawyer, keep him informed of the police investigation and not give them his contact information.
“He doesn’t want to be nailed,” said the prosecutor.
“It’s more consistent with a distraction and wanting not to get caught than worrying about what happened.”
But Lutz said the reaction of his client, who faces two charges of first degree murder in the murder, was not that of a cold-blooded murderer.
He noted that when Naidu first saw Bamfo’s mother after learning of his friend’s death, he burst into tears.
“Common sense suggests that this is not the response of a responsible person,” said Lutz.
Any paranoia Naidu displayed would have been justified under the circumstances, he said.
“Sir. Naidu has good reason to be concerned about his safety and danger as a drug dealer.”
And Lutz said Buziak’s suggestion that his customer got away with a lot of cash and that the customer phone was just speculation.
His arguments continue on Tuesday.