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Killer Tells Slain New Lenox Man's Family: 'If Y'all So Perfect ... Y'all Throw The First Stone'

A defiant Rodney Julun predicted his murder conviction will be sent back on appeal.

Rodney Julun. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Rodney Julun. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
A convicted killer lashed out at his victim's family during a Tuesday morning sentencing hearing.

Rodney Julun, 25, said the man he killed in June 2011 was cruising the streets of Chicago for male prostitutes and later abused him.

"He was driving around looking for people to pick up," Julun said of 59-year-old Dwight Jones.

"The things he did, that shouldn't happen to nobody," Julun said.

Julun said Jones picked him up and paid him, then drove him back to his home outside New Lenox. Julun said he was thinking of his young son's welfare when he agreed to take the money and go home with Jones. He also claimed Jones raped him.

"Y'all know that that man is a homosexual," Julun said. "He's got a house in the middle of nowhere and he's got eight-foot hedges so nobody can see in."

Julun also took issue with those who doubted Jones sexually assaulted him.

"For you to say I was raped was a sham ... " he said, telling how he was reluctant to report the supposed assault to the police out of embarrassment.

After accompanying Jones back to New Lenox, Julun beat him to death and stole his car, cash, cell phone and other valuables.

The next day, Julun came back with two other men—John White, 23 and David Reed, 25—and the three did even more stealing. White and Reed pleaded guilty to residential burglary in 2012. White was sentenced to six years in prison and Reed got four.

During Tuesday's hearing Julun addressed Jones' friends and family in the gallery and told them, "Y'all need to look at yourselves before you look at me."

"Just like it says in the Bible, if ya'll so perfect and y'all done nothing wrong, then y'all throw the first stone," said a defiant Julun, who predicted his conviction will be overturned.

"I know I'll be back here in eight or 10 months on appeal," he said.

Whether he's back in eight or 10 months or not, Julun was scheduled to return to court April 25 for Will County Judge Daniel Rozak to hand down his sentence. Julun faces up to 60 years in prison.

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Cat April 06, 2014 at 07:54 AM
He will be granted an appeal as it is the law. No Matter what his poor decisions brought down on him, he had no right to murder the man. He has no business being so righteous.
Mel10out April 06, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Pos
Doug April 06, 2014 at 11:39 PM
Apparently he is requesting to be stoned to death. Let the hurling begin.
NL Resident April 07, 2014 at 09:10 AM
I'm sorry but if you accept payment in exchange for sex, doesn't that make a prostitute?
OL April 07, 2014 at 10:20 PM
@JP don't worry this Afri -can will be living in the can taking it in the can, because he can and I think he likes it.

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