Man charged with murder for carjacking that led to death of 11-year-old Donovan Turnage in 2013

Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Rockie Douglas | Chicago Police

Rockie Douglas | Chicago Police

The suspect in a series of carjackings—including one that led to the death of 11-year-old Donovan Turnage in 2013—has been extradited to Chicago from Wisconsin to face criminal charges.

Rockie Douglas, 36, was charged with two counts of murder, one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a weapon, and one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, according to Chicago Police. He was extradited from Wisconsin Tuesday and was expected to appear in bond court Wednesday.

Douglas, of north suburban Beach Park, stole a 60-year-old woman’s vehicle in the 800 block of West Irving Park Road about 11:20 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2013, police said.

Donovan Turnage

Donovan Turnage

Officers chased the vehicle across the city to the intersection of Garfield and Halsted, authorities said at the time. Douglas then crashed into a Chevrolet Suburban, occupied by Donovan and his family, who were going to get haircuts for Christmas.

Donovan, a fifth-grader at Morrill Math and Science School, was taken to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:35 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Douglas then stole another vehicle before fleeing the state, authorities said at the time. He was arrested on Christmas Eve 2013 in a McDonald’s drive-thru in Milwaukee and was held in the county jail there until Tuesday.

At the time of his arrest, he was serving a seven-year probation for burglary in Wisconsin, authorities previously said.

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