LOGAN SQUARE — A 49-year-old man is facing murder charges in the fatal beating of William Rosenbaum.
Carl L. Wilson was denied bail at a bond court hearing over the weekend, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. Wilson’s next court date is Monday.
The murder happened last Tuesday at about 7:30 p.m. in the area next to the Logan Square dog park where Rosenbaum was living in the 2500 block of North Western Avenue.
Wilson and Rosenbaum were in a heated argument when Wilson shoved Rosenbaum to the ground and beat him repeatedly with a large metal pole, according to authorities and witnesses.
Rosenbaum was pronounced dead at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
According to the Sun-Times, Rosenbaum lost five liters of blood. He also suffered from a broken rib and a lacerated spleen.
Wilson lives in a nearby encampment under the Kennedy Expressway, according to the Sun-Times. The newspaper said police arrested Wilson after witnesses identified him as the attacker. Officers also found the clothes Wilson was wearing during the beating in the tent where he was living.
Videos taken by a witness show the argument leading up to the fatal beating.
In one of the videos, Wilson says, “That’s my wife n—–.” In another video, Wilson says, “I’m gonna kill your b—- a—. The next time you come over here. …if I ever see you again…” To which Rosenbaum turns to the camera and says, “Please call the cops right now.”
Another man living in the encampment, Michael Malewig, 66, who was asleep during the incident, said Rosenbaum, who he said went by Isaac, had only been living there for about two months before he was killed.
“It’s traumatic for me. He was my good friend. Now I’m getting crazy now. …’cause he’s dead,” an emotional Malewig told Block Club Chicago.