A judge denied bond on Tuesday for the man charged with killing a 6-month-old girl and wounding her father.
Koman Willis is being held at the Cook County jail without bail.
Joined by Pastor Corey Brooks at New Beginnings Church in Woodlawn, the words didn’t come easy for the baby’s father Jonathan Watkins when he spoke to the media earlier today.
“I’m happy about it. I’m happy the killer got caught,” he said.
The 29-year-old former gang member and father of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins talked for the first time since seeing Koman Willis in bond court today.
Prosecutors say the 33-year-old wanted revenge for a burglary he believed Watkins had a hand in. Among the items taken were drugs and a play station. Willis, they say, found Watkins in a van while changing his daughter’s diaper.
“Jonathan lifted Jonylah to give her a kiss. When the defendant, Koman Willis, approached and fired multiple gunshots into the van,” said Asst. Cook County State’s Attorney Heather Kent.
“She was crying when they were shooting off the noise,” Watkins said. “So I crawled out of the car. Had her on my chest and she was looking at me eye to eye and police would not get up off me. Blood was rushing down my side.”
While Jonathan was injured, Jonylah, an unintended target, was killed.
Prosecutors say Willis had the motive and can place him near the scene.
His defense attorney says his client, who has a long criminal history, turned himself in over the weekend after hearing police were looking for him. He says he plans to challenge the no bail ruling at his next court appearance June 6th.