CHICAGO — A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 9-year-old Chicago boy who was lured into an alley with the promise of a juice box.
Prosecutors contended that Dwright Boone-Doty and fellow gang member Corey Morgan planned the November 2015 slaying of Tyshawn Lee before Boone-Doty took a gun Morgan gave him and shot the boy.
The Cook County jury found Boone-Doty guilty on Thursday night. A separate jury deciding Morgan’s fate has been sequestered after not being able to reach a verdict.
Earlier, prosecutors asked jurors to convict Morgan in the shooting death of Tyshawn Lee. They allege that Morgan and a fellow gang member accused of pulling the trigger, Boone-Doty, carried out the killing because they believed the boy’s father was in a gang that killed Morgan’s brother weeks earlier.
Morgan’s attorneys say he had nothing to do with the killing and that he was targeted by police because he was a gang member whose brother had recently been killed.
For a separate jury, prosecutor Patrick Waller described how Boone-Doty executed Tyshawn with a 40-caliber handgun.
“That word executed really doesn’t do justice to what happened,” he said. “Unfortunately, you got to see what happened to Tyshawn Lee.”
During the three-week trial, jurors had seen graphic photos of the boy’s lifeless body lying on a slab with multiple gunshot wounds at the medical examiner’s office.
The prosecutors argued that over the course of the trial that an abundance of evidence including witness statements, GPS coordinates, DNA and surveillance video all pointed to Boone-Doty.
Boone-Doty’s defense lawyer Danita Ivory acknowledged the exceedingly tragic death of Tyshawn, but argued her client is not ultimately responsible …
“Justice does not mean that you convict the wrong person,” she said.
She argued it was co-defendant Morgan who had the motive, getting revenge for the murder of his brother. She also argued it was Morgan who secured the gun,
“You can have all the sympathy in the world for the family of Tyshawn Lee, but justice doesn’t’ say you convict for the sake of conviction,” she said.
But prosecutors said Boon-Doty is indeed the one who pulled the trigger and must face the consequences.