They promised him a juice box. Then they took everything from him…
CHICAGO, Ill. – Prosecutors say that two Chicago gang members allegedly executed a 9-year-old boy in an attempt to get back at a rival gang for a prior shooting, according to a report from Fox.
Corey Morgan and Dwight Doty began their trials on Tuesday in connection with the slaying. The impending charges now have the two members of the Bang Gang/Terror Dome faction of the Black P Stones gang trying to pin the blame on each other, sources say.
Tyshawn Lee, just 9-years-old at the time, was still in his school uniform when the Chicago gang members approached him back in 2015, prosecutors say. Corey Morgan and Kevin Edwards reportedly kept a lookout while Doty lured Lee into an alley, using a juice box as a way to get him to come with him, they said.
Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Margaret Hillmann said that Doty then took out a .40 caliber handgun and shot Lee, killing him.
In April 2017, some guys in a vacant lot spotted a nearby squad car, dropped their guns and ran.
Turns out one of those guns, more than a year earlier and 11 blocks away, had been used in the execution-style murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee. https://t.co/E6ehjLJ0Bn
— Megan Crepeau (@crepeau) September 16, 2019
After the horrific execution, prosecutors say that Edwards drove the getaway car. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this month in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence, Fox noted.
The supposed reason for the murder?
Prosecutors say that the 9-year-old boy’s father, Pierre Stokes, was a member of a rival gang – the Killa Ward faction of the Gangster Disciples. Doty and Morgan were apparently seeking revenge after a shooting in October 2015 left Morgan’s brother dead and his mother severely wounded. The pair blamed Stokes for the action, and sought to retaliate, prosecutors said.
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Even though the three men traveled to the site together and the young child was brutally gunned down, Morgan’s attorney, Thomas Breen, is attempting to shift the sole blame onto the man who allegedly pulled the trigger – Dwight Doty.
“That execution of that 9-year-old boy has to come from one singularly evil person,” Breen said to the court without directly naming Doty. “Not from a plan. His killer did so of his own volition and for his own reason. Not at the behest or help of Corey Morgan.”
But Doty’s public defender argued that Morgan had the motive as it was his family members who were reportedly gunned down just a month prior. He also said that the Morgan family had organized the purchase of the firearm that was used to kill 9-year-old Lee.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 18, 2019
Investigators say that a few months after the murder of his child, Stokes allegedly shot three people outside a gas station in retaliation. One of the people who was shot was Morgan’s girlfriend. Stokes is now being held without bail, Fox said.
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Authorities say that the two rival gangs have been locked in a war since 2011, with as many as 15 reported shootings being traded back and forth between the groups.