One of three men convicted of the 2010 murder of Chicago police officer Thomas Wortham IV returns to the courtroom this week for a new fitness trial nearly 12 years after the murder itself , leaving the officer’s family to wonder how many times they will have to relive their worst nightmare.
Marcus Floyd, now 30, was convicted of Wortham’s murder in 2015, five years after authorities said he and three others shot and killed Wortham outside his parents’ Chatham home while that they were trying to steal his motorcycle.
“He was a friend of a lot of people. He was a veteran. He did two tours of duty in Iraq. He was a Chicago police officer, but more than anything, Tommy was just a good person,” said the late officer’s sister, Sandra Wortham, “He was a protector. He was a person who literally spent his whole life working to become a public servant. That’s who he was. He wanted to make good things in the world and make his city a better place, make the world a better place.
Wortham’s father, Thomas Wortham III – a retired Chicago police officer himself – watched the crime from his front porch and ran inside to retrieve his own gun, engaging in a shootout that ended seriously injured Marcus Floyd and killed his cousin Brian Floyd. The other two assailants, Toyious Taylor and Paris McGee, were not injured. Taylor and McGee were convicted of murder in 2014. They and Marcus Floyd were all sentenced to life in prison.
Due to his injuries from the shooting, Marcus Floyd says he developed amnesia and has no recollection of the events of that night. The Court of Appeals granted Marcus Floyd a new fitness trial in 2019 after finding fault with ‘misdirected jury’ combined with ‘inappropriate testimony’ in his original fitness trial, the court’s ruling says. court.
Although Marcus Floyd was granted the new fitness trial, the events of that day and his conviction are not contested in these proceedings – only whether he was fit to stand trial on the charges against him.
But as her brother’s killer returns to the courtroom, Thomas Wortham IV’s sister says her family will never give up their fight for justice.
“The fact is that Marcus Floyd and his cousin Brian Floyd approached Thomas on the street outside our house that night. Thomas was then shot and run over by a car and he subsequently died. These are facts “said Sandra Wortham. “The thing is, we’ve been there before.”
“For me to think of my 75-year-old father and my 73-year-old mother being forced back into the criminal court building and reliving the murder of their son 12 years later with all those facts? This is unconscionable,” she said, adding that she fears that if Marcus Floyd is found unfit to stand trial, he could be released from prison.
Sandra Wortham, a lawyer, says she and her parents – a retired police officer and public school teacher – believe in the system. But she maintains that her brother’s murder wasn’t just a loss to her family — it was a loss to all of Chicago.
“Chicago should care that Thomas was murdered, because if Thomas could be murdered outside his parents’ house, and we could still talk about it 12 years later, what does that mean for our system? does that mean for murder victims?” she asked.
“We too have a right to justice,” continued Sandra Wortham. “They have a right to their day in court, and we have a right to justice for the act that they did, that they chose to do. The murder they chose to commit.
Jury selection in Marcus Floyd’s new fitness trial took place on Monday, and testimony is expected to begin on Tuesday.