Prosecutors: 3 Teens Killed Man After They Were Given Money To Kill Someone
By Jason Meisner Tribune reporter 1:52 p.m. CDT, August 9, 2011
Three teenagers charged in a shotgun slaying in the Rogers Park neighborhood over the weekend had agreed to kill a rival gang member after being offered cash, prosecutors said today. Dyshawn Brown, 16, Devonte Lamb, 17, and Desmond Smart, 15, were each charged as adults with first-degree murder in the slaying early Sunday of Lawrence Wilson, 23.
Wilson’s mother, Jennifer Francis, said outside court that her son, an Evanston Township High School graduate, worked as a youth mentor with a group called TRIBE, or Total Resources Involved in Benefiting Everyone. The group confirmed his employment.
“He had some problems in the past, but he was not a gang member,” said a tearful Francis. “He wanted to keep people away from that life.”
Prosecutors said a still-uncharged co-conspirator offered the three cash to kill a member of the rival Gangster Disciples and gave Brown a sawed-off shotgun.
After engaging Wilson in conversation in the 1500 block of West Jonquil Terrace, Lamb waved him over to a building where Brown was hiding, prosecutors said.
“The victim rode his bike up to the defendants, and (Brown) walked out from behind the building, pulled out the shotgun and fired it at the victim, striking him in the chest,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini.
Wilson was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was declared dead a short time later.
Police found the shotgun while canvassing the area and arresting Smart inside his apartment in the 7600 block of North Greenview Avenue, Santini said.
All three defendants attend Wells Community Academy in Chicago, according to a court-appointed defense attorney.
Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. denied bail for Brown and set bonds of $1 million each for Lamb and Smart.