CHICAGO -- A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee is being held without bail.
While the fourth grader was playing on the swings at Dawes Park near 80th and Damen, three men watched and plotted.
Prosecutors say one of the men picked up the child’s basketball, dribbled it, talked with him, and lured him into the alley where the other two men pulled up in a black SUV. The fourth grader was shot multiple times. His death stunned the city.
Corey Morgan, 27, was initially named as a person of interest in the case. Shortly after the shooting, he went to police with an attorney and was released without charges. He was later arrested on an unrelated gun charge, but was freed after his girlfriend posted the required 10 percent of his $1 million bond.
“Corey has absolutely no involvement in the murder,” said Morgan’s defense attorney John Brayman. “We have limited information and we have to investigate how he came to be charged.”
Authorities say Tyshawn was executed in retaliation for an ongoing gang war involving his father. Morgan’s brother was killed and his mother injured in a shooting in October.
“Shortly after the shooting, the defendant stated since his brother was killed and his mama was shot he was going to kill grandmas, mamas, kids, and all,” said assistant state’s attorney George Canellis.
Morgan’s arrest comes almost a month after Tyshawn’s death. In court Friday, Judge Peggy Chiampas was furious. She ordered Morgan held without bail.
Tyshawn’s mother, Karla Lee, says she grew up with Morgan.
“I just can’t believe it. The same guy I grew up with, talked with, played with,” said Lee.
Police say a second unidentified suspect is behind bars on an unrelated charge. Police issued an arrest warrant for 22-year old Kevin Edwards, who is still on the run.