Guilty in Murder of Tinley Park Mechanic, Killer Gives Judge 'Evil Eye'

Lazerrick Mosley, who came to court wearing a rosary, will be sentenced Jan. 9, 2012, at Bridgeview. He faces 26 years to life. His own family testified against him.

A 32-year-old felon was found guilty of murdering and robbing a Tinley Park mechanic who came home from work late one night in 2009.

In an attempt to steal the mechanic’s new, blue Honda Fit, Lazerrick Mosley stalked and pushed William “Randy” Schmidt, 53, inside his apartment and “killed him because (Schmidt) saw his face,” Cook County Judge John J. Hynes said Thursday.

Wearing a rosary, Mosley leaned back in his chair and gave Hynes an intent stare during the verdict — a stare possibly similar to the one he gave his own family members who testified against him during the trial.

“I’ve seen that before in the courtroom, and that’s the evil eye of intimidation,” Hynes said.

DNA evidence and the testimony of Mosley’s family were credible enough to link the Chicago man to home invasion, possession of a stolen vehicle, armed robbery and three counts of first-degree murder, Hynes said.

However, Hynes found Mosley not guilty of one count of first-degree murder and home invasion for supposed redundancies of charges.

Sentencing is scheduled on Jan. 9, 2012. Mosley faces 26 years to life behind bars.

In November Mosley’s father and other members of his family took the stand against him, testifying that he . According to Hynes, they said Mosley ditched the keys to Schmidt's car in a forest preserve before realizing he may have left DNA on the knife buried somewhere in the clutter of Schmidt's apartment.

Mosley’s father identified the knife used to stab and cut Mosley's throat as the one he used to peel vegetables.

The judge said he believed Mosley’s father, who swore “I didn’t come all the way down here to lie against my son.” Mosley’s step-brother said he didn’t come forth sooner because he was afraid that Mosley would hurt him, too.

They knew details of the crime “only the killer would know,” Hynes said.

Furthermore, Hynes sided with a state forensic expert who linked mingled bits of DNA on the knife and the car’s handle and steering wheel through satistical probability to Mosley over a similar expert for the defense.

After entering the courtroom, Mosley never looked back at his wife, Sandra, whose quiet sobs induced shaking when all was said and done.

“I know I should feel sorry for Mr. Schmidt right now, but my God,” she later said between spasms of heavy breathing. “(Mosley) wasn’t like that with me. I can’t believe this. He was not like that.”

She and her husband were married in March 2009, she said, months before his arrest for murder.

Mosley, who once lived near Schmidt, has been in and out of prison on charges related to battery, robbery and vehicular highjacking for years and was in prison by the time forensic evidence led to him.

4th wright December 08, 2011 at 10:42 PM
“(Mosley) wasn’t like that with me. I can’t believe this. He was not like that.” Apparently, he was like that with everyone else. He should never see the light of day again.
Sgt. USMC December 09, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Of course he wasn't like that with her, but sometimes you learn the dark side of people. If his own father testified then he must have believed that his son had to be put behind bars.
Russ December 09, 2011 at 10:59 PM
good point sarge
grace December 10, 2011 at 09:28 PM
This animal is a thorough detriment to decent society. But in fact, he never rose to the level of "society". To murder in such a way a man who loved the stars, and music? Where is there a God in all this... that the one lives, and the other must die? This animal deserves a terrible punishment, and I'm afraid life behind bars is too soft. He deserves what he meted out to this gentle man. No less. I hope the Judge is listening to society. Rest in Peace Randy. Grace
D Greg April 20, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Trying to stare down the judge is probably not the brightest thing to do during your trial. Hope this guy goes away for a looooong time.


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