Crime & Courts

Boyfriend convicted of Woodridge woman’s murder

A Chicago man was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the stabbing of his girlfriend in 2015 in Woodridge.

After two hours of deliberations, a jury found Launden Luckett, 33, guilty of killing Cicily Dickey, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

On Oct. 19, 2015, Woodridge police found the body of Dickey in her apartment. She had been repeatedly stabbed and choked.

The investigation revealed Dickey had picked up Luckett the night of Oct. 16 and returned to her apartment. About 3 a.m. Oct. 17, the two had an argument that escalated.

Dickey ran to the bathroom to escape Luckett, but he chased her and stabbed her in the stomach. He knocked her to the floor, continued to stab her and choked her. Luckett stole Dickey’s cellphone, debit card and car and fled the scene.

Luckett was already in custody on unrelated charges when he was held without bail in Dickey’s murder.

Luckett is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 30 for Judge Jeffrey MacKay’s ruling on whether the case qualifies for enhanced penalties because of its brutality. Luckett could face a life sentence.