Earlier this week, CWB reported that our group had recognized 32 folks charged with homicide, tried homicide, or taking pictures somebody in 2020 whereas free on “reasonably priced bail” for different severe felonies. 4 of these defendants are accused of taking pictures or killing multiple particular person.
Since then, we’ve discovered one other case, bringing the brand new totals to at the least 33 defendants with at the least 37 victims.
Again and again
The newly-discovered case includes 20-year-old Kiante Byrd.
Between March and November 2019, police arrested Byrd six instances for narcotics and narcotic sale ordinance violations. He was arrested a seventh time for legal trespass to a automobile. All of these instances have been dropped besides one — the November case, which is charged as manufacture-delivery of heroin and fentanyl. He was launched on a recognizance bond.
On Might 16, 2020, police arrested him for manufacture-delivery of cocaine after police allegedly noticed him promoting to pedestrians and automotive passengers. When cops took him into custody, Byrd reached into his waistband and handed them a bag containing 4 smaller luggage of crack, police stated in his arrest report. He was carrying $418 money.
Prosecutors dropped the cost the very subsequent day.
Three days after that, police arrested Byrd once more after he allegedly offered narcotics to an undercover cop. Prosecutors dropped that case the very subsequent day, too.
And 10 days after that, whereas nonetheless on bond for the November 2019 heroin case, Byrd shot and killed 18-year-old high school student Lazarra Daniels, in accordance with prosecutors. Daniels was considered one of 18 folks murdered in Chicago on Might 31, the bloodiest one-day tally within the metropolis in additional than 60 years.
Two folks shot throughout two carjackings
The case of Javon Readus was included in our earlier totals.
Prosecutors charged Readus, 23, and Marcus Whatley, 22, with shooting two people in separate carjacking makes an attempt in November. Throughout their bond listening to, prosecutors stated Readus had pending instances for id theft, working a unbroken monetary crime enterprise, and escape from digital monitoring on the time of the shootings.
In keeping with the state’s allegations, Readus and Whatley pulled weapons and tried to carjack a hid carry holder and his sister on the West Aspect as they returned from a purchasing journey on the day earlier than Thanksgiving. The person shot on the duo, who fired at the least 17 rounds in return, hanging the person within the arm and grazing his head, prosecutors stated.
Then, on November 30, Readus and Whatley tried to carjack a household at gunpoint because the victims returned to their West Aspect house from the airport, in accordance with prosecutors. When the household’s sped away from the scene, Whatley and Readus fired 27 rounds at them, prosecutors stated. The daddy of the household was shot, however the others escaped harm.
Police arrested Readus and Whatley as they sat in an allegedly stolen automotive exterior a division retailer on the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue 5 days later.
Prosecutors charged every of the boys with two counts of tried first-degree homicide, two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking by discharging of a firearm, two counts of aggravated battery by discharging a firearm, and different expenses.