The man accused of killing a Clemente High School student is being held without bail.
Larry Luellen made his first appearance in bond court Saturday morning. The 34-year-old is charged with murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Clemente High School student Frances Colon last week in Humboldt Park.
“The fact is, we have a good strong case, good enough to charge him at this point.”
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy talked just after Luellen’s appearance in bond court saying an anonymous tip led investigators to Luellen, who they believe was targeting another man in a drug dispute but hit Colon in the back instead, killing her as she walked in the 1100 of North Pulaski February 15th.
“He was chasing one individual down the street firing shots at him, which anybody conducting a gun safety course or teaching somebody how to shoot will tell you never to do because as you’re running the gun is bouncing around. So naturally he hits the wrong person. Not that it would’ve been okay if he hit that person but he hits an innocent person who was not the intended target. And everybody fled the scene.”
At least three cameras, he says, caught the moments leading up to the shooting and the shooting itself.
Luellen was on probation at the time for a 2010 felony conviction, court records indicate he’s had gang affiliations in the past. Right now, even though police have witnesses, they say the man Luellen allegedly targeted in the shooting isn’t cooperating.
“If we don’t get that anonymous tip in the Luellen case we probably wouldn’t be standing here today. We may have been here in 2 weeks or a week from now but god knows what would have happened between.”
Because of his criminal past and this latest allegation, Luellen faces life in prison if convicted.
“These crimes serve as a reminder to the criminals in this city and the citizens will not tolerate their violence.”