47-year-old man charged with stabbing parents in their North Austin, Chicago home to death on Sunday.
With a history of violence against his parents, Dexter Barnes was charged with two felony counts of first-degree murder. Shirley Ervin (69) and Johnnie Ervin (73) were stabbed to death on Sunday said authorities.
Police said that Barnes was arrested at his home on North Leclaire Avenue after his parents were pronounce dead at the scene. He was denied bail at court on Tuesday.
Long Arrest History
Barnes arrest history dates all the way back to the 1980’s. He was arrested for multiple reasons including drug possession and selling drugs. He received an 18-month prison sentence for drug possession charge in 2005.
Among his other arrests were alleged criminal trespassing, theft, aggravated battery, domestic battery and robbery. Police said all in all he was arrested 72 times. However, about half of the charges were dropped after arrest.
Law enforcement source shared that it was possible he was arrested more than 72 times, as he had been arrested under various aliases in the past. These included his brother’s identity and misspellings of his parent’s last names.
Dark and Troubled Past
In 2006, he as accused of domestic battery against Shirley Ervin. There was a special order placed for protection petitioners that included Shirley and Johnnie. The protection was dismissed two years later.
Shirley Ervin was placed on another protection order after Barnes, her son, was found guilty of domestic battery charge in October 2010. He was imprisoned for 18 days. About three years later, he was arrested again on suspicion for the same charges. The case was thrown out in 2013, when the witness did not appear in court.
The violence continued. In 2014, he was again arrested for domestic battery and found guilty. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail. The protection order was dismissed two years later.
He was arrested again two months before the end of the protection order for misdemeanor battery. He spent 100 days in jail.