Man, 75, charged with murder in East Garfield Park shooting

Chicago Crime

CHICAGO — A 75-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a man Monday in East Garfield Park.

Police say Bernard Barry is charged with one felony count of first-degree murder. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Barry was arrested in his home hours after he fatally shot Tyran Evans, 42, in the 300 block of North California Avenue.

During a bond court hearing Wednesday morning, prosecutors said Barry and another man were sitting in a parked car in the East Garfield Park neighborhood when the shooting victim rode up on a bike and demanded they get out of the vehicle.

Court revealed that Evans swung at Barry, which led to the 75-year-old man shooting the victim in the arm. According to prosecutors, the bullet passed through, hitting Evans in his side. He collapsed and died at the scene.

Barry gave conflicting reports after the shooting, prosecutors said, but did admit that he ditched the murder weapon.

Monday’s incident is not Barry’s first brush with the law. In court, prosecutors said that Barry has several prior convictions, including two for murder in 1975 and 1970. Most recently, in 2005, he was convicted for aggravated discharge of a firearm.

The 75-year-old also has chronic health issues and suffers from asthma, high blood pressure, COPD, hypertension, emphysema, severe arthritis and glaucoma. He also has severe mobility issues.

If convicted, Barry could be looking at a natural life sentence. His public defender could argue self-defense.

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