DIXMOOR, Ill. -- A convicted sex offender was charged today in the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, 25 years ago in Dixmoor.
58-year-old Willie Randolph was brought over from the Stateville Correctional Center where he was due to be released after completing his sentence on an unrelated drug conviction.
Randolph is now facing kidnapping sexual assault and first-degree murder charges.
Details of the brutal rape and murder of 14-year-old Cateresa Mathews were described during today's bond hearing in heart-wrenching detail. Career criminal and convicted sex offender, Randolph accused of murdering the teen.
Prosecutors say Randolph saw Cateresa waiting for a bus on that fateful November day in 1991. He allegedly kidnapped her at gunpoint and forced her into a wooded Dixmoor area off of I-57 where he assaulted Matthews and shot the teen in the mouth according to investigators.
Five young men were charged and jailed in the case, until DNA evidence cleared them. Those men would come to be known as the Dixmoor 5. The state of Illinois settled a wrongful conviction with a $40 million payout.
Randolph has been implicated by new advancements in DNA and criminal databases, along with incriminating statements Randolph allegedly made at the Stateville prison.