Jail detainee accused of taping talk show, battering officer who found laptop – Chicago Tribune
A Cook County detainee was charged with aggravated battery to a correctional officer after he was found in his cell with a laptop he was using to video a talk show, officials said.
Jimmie Smith, 41, has been in Cook County Jail for more than seven years fighting several charges including attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated criminal sexual assault and two counts of contraband in a penal institution.
While in custody, Smith was additionally charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of contraband in a penal institution related to a 2014 incident when he attacked his public defender, according to a release from the Cook County Sheriff’s office.
Officials announced Saturday, video surveillance revealed Smith punching a female officer in the face Dec. 5 while he was inside a cell in Division 9, the release said.
The officer was trying to remove a laptop, that was later found with video of Smith hosting a show called, “My Back’s Against the Wall.” It also contained lewd pictures of Smith inside the jail, the release said.
A preliminary investigation revealed Smith was granted access to the laptop for preparing his defense because he is representing himself at trial, the release said.
Officials are now investigating how he was able to keep the laptop.
Smith was charged in 2015 with solicitation of murder after he met with an undercover and expressed an interest in killing the prosecutor and judge in his current case, the release said.
Arrest warrants were being sought for two women believed to have assisted Smith, officials said.
Smith’s next court date was scheduled Dec. 21.