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Bodyguard of ‘Drug Kingpin’ Flukey Stokes Guilty of Boss’ Murder

December 11, 1987

CHICAGO (AP) _ The bodyguard of a flamboyant reputed drug kingpin who was gunned down last year has been convicted in the slaying.

Earl Wilson, 34, was convicted Thursday night of murdering Willie ″Flukey″ Stokes, and faces a mandatory life term. Cook County Associate Judge Ronaclutching a phone to his chest.

Stokes once buried a son with cash between his fingers in a coffin made to look like a fancy car.

Stokes, 49, and his driver, Ronald Johnson, 48, died in gunfire on Nov. 18, 1986. At the time, Wilson was working both as Stokes’ bodyguard and as a police informant, officials said.

Wilson testified that he took the $300-a-week job as a bodyguard at police urging so he could give officials information on Stokes’ narcotics operation. Police paid him $250 a week as an informant, he testified.

Assistant State’s Attorneys Patrick O’Brien and Lynn Kawamoto charged that Wilson relayed Stokes’ movements on the night of the slaying to a friend so the friend could kill Stokes and replace him in the drug trade. The friend has not been charged.

Wilson said he set up Stokes for robbery, not murder, so the friend would forgive an $800 narcotics debt and pay his car phone bill. Wilson testified he had nothing to do with the slayings.

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