Bond denied for man accused of killing Chicago cab driver

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Tyrese Bell, the man accused of killing a Chicago cab driver, was in court Monday when a judge ordered him to stay in jail until his trial.

Meanwhile, the victim’s widow was still angry a man with six felony convictions was out on the street at the time of her husband’s death.

Vivian Madu is still in shock. Her husband of nine years was gunned down last Thursday night while he was driving his cab. Ten minutes before Chinedu Madu was killed, he talked to his wife on the phone and promised to be home soon.  An hour later, Vivian got the call that changed everything.

The 51-year-old cab driver and native of Nigeria had picked up Tyrese Bell and was driving him to the 1200 block of South Albany. When they got there, prosecutors believe the 23-year-old Bell tried to rob Madu using a semi-automatic handgun.

The man who had been in America for only 15 years was shot in the head and chest while he was driving.  He crashed into a parked car, and prosecutors say Bell took off.

Footprints led police to an apartment where they say Bell dumped the murder weapon. Three witnesses identified him. He was arrested the next day.

Bell was on parole for a drug conviction, his sixth felony.  Chinedu Madu's widow doesn't understand why he wasn't in prison.

“He was under supervision.  I don't understand how somebody that's under supervision will go around the streets with a weapon. I don’t understand. They have to do something about that,” Madu said.

Vivian Madu says she'd like to talk to Bell and ask him why he allegedly did this: took away her husband, who was always happy and was a great friend, husband and father.

She says he must have a reason.

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2 comments

  • Taylor

    This is really sad. She is a student here at Chicago State University and the university is behind her 100%. We are all affected by senseless crimes and it really disturbing when it hits home like this. May Mr. Madu Rest In Peace and may Vivian be given the strength to endure this tragedy. #justiceformadu

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