2 Views of Man Charged Police: He's a Career Criminal; Lawyer: He Doesn't Own a Gun

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2 Views of Man Charged Police: He's a Career Criminal; Lawyer: He Doesn't Own a Gun


Olmstead, Rob, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Rob Olmstead Daily Herald Staff Writer

Conflicting images have emerged about a man accused of slaying Gurnee resident Willie B. Posey, bodyguard and lifelong pal of Bears defensive tackle Terrence "Tank" Johnson.

Michael A. Selvie, 34, of 852 W. 50th Place in Chicago, was charged with one count of first-degree murder Thursday. Chicago police said Selvie shot and killed Posey, 26, during an early- morning scuffle on the dance floor at the River North nightclub Ice Bar on Dec. 16.

Selvie is to appear for a bond hearing today in the Cook County circuit court building at 26th Street and California Avenue.

Chicago police Lt. Anthony Riccio called Selvie "a career criminal" and "a reputed gang member" who has 30 arrests - 12 on felony charges - and seven convictions. He said Selvie was on parole for a narcotics conviction when Posey was killed.

But Selvie's defense attorney, Jayne Ingles, said her client doesn't have a violent past, despite his criminal record. She said Selvie does not belong to a street gang.

"He does not own a gun," Ingles said. "He doesn't carry a gun. He's not been known to carry a gun."

Authorities said Posey accompanied Johnson to Ice Bar roughly 38 hours after police officers and a special tactical unit raided the home the men shared on Delany Road in Gurnee.

Posey was charged with illegal possession of a little more than 2 ounces of marijuana and Johnson was charged with not having a valid Illinois firearm owner's identification card after assault rifles and other weapons were found in the house.

Riccio said investigators were led to Selvie after reviewing images captured by a photographer who was at the club the night of the shooting.

"Our investigation revealed that the suspect had been on the dance floor, bumped into Mr.

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