CHICAGO, IL – Authorities were said to have arrested a purported gang member in late March for his alleged participation in the murder of a rival gang member back in July of 2020.
According to reports, the alleged murderer was out on bail at the time of the killing after having posted a $200 bond to get out of jail on a felony gun charge.
Prosecutors say Shevell Wilson killed a rival gang member in a revenge shooting last summer — while on bail for a felony gun case.
He’s now the 36th person charged with killing or trying to kill someone while on felony bail last year in Chicago.https://t.co/EF09Obmccy
— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) April 6, 2021
According to Chicago Police and prosecutors, 23-year-old Shevell Wilson was arrested on March 23rd after he was named as one of three gunmen who killed 25-year-old Anji Webster in the 3400 block of West Ohio on July 18th, 2020.
Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy alleged that Wilson and two accomplices, who are purportedly Conservative Vice Lord street gang members, targeted Webster, an alleged member of the rival gang the Traveling Vice Lords, to avenge the death of another CVL member.
According to ASA Murphy, surveillance video shows Webster standing on the corner of Ohio and St. Louis after having left a dice game, when a red Pontiac Grand Prix pulled up into a nearby alley.
Three men reportedly emerged from the vehicle, walked up to Webster, and fired off 15 shots, killing him.
After that, the three assailants raced away in the Grand Prix.
YOUNG MAN KILLED: Anji Webster, 26, was shot to death in the early morning hours in the 3400 block of West Ohio, West Garfield Park neighborhood, West Side on July 18, 2020. Seen/heard anything tip at https://t.co/25lna6MWeL. Our condolences. #chicagostreetcrime pic.twitter.com/uiwbhc04nh
— LEGAL HELP FIRM ⚖️ (@lhfirm) July 18, 2020
Wilson posted a video of himself at a party with his hair in dreads that hung to his mid-back, wearing a big white belt; blue, black, and white Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Royal Toe shoes; and a pair of dark jeans with whitewashing from the thighs that hung low enough to reveal blue underwear, less than 12 hours before the murder, according to ASA Murphy.
ASA Murphy told Judge Mary Marubio that one of the killers who was seen on surveillance footage had dreadlocks to his mid-back, wore the same exact clothing, down to the color the underwear seen on both the surveillance footage and the social media posting prior to the murder.
Wilson and his two accomplices allegedly had a succession of text and social media conversations before and after the murder in which they reportedly discussed aspects related to the murder, the motivations of it, swapping of firearms, and alleged intentions to carry out additional murders of gang rivals.
Wilson was within a mile of the murder scene before and after the killing, according to phone records, but his phone did not ping for roughly an hour within the timeframe of the murder due to the phone having been reportedly shut off during that brief period.
ASA Murphy also pointed out that Wilson has juvenile convictions for unlawful gun possession and theft.
As previously stated, Wilson was out of jail on bond at the time of the murder, having posted $200 on a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon.
These charges stem from a traffic stop that occurred in June of 2019 when officers allegedly discovered a loaded weapon with an extended magazine under the driver’s seat of a car Wilson was driving at the time of the stop.
To make matters worse, Wilson was arrested an additional three times after having posted bond for his June 14th, 2019 arrest.
On July 3rd, 2019, Wilson was arrested for possession of barbiturates; on January 1st, 2020, Wilson was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; and four days after the alleged murder – Wilson was arrested on July 22nd, 2020, for criminal trespassing.
After taking all said information into consideration, to include a newly attained first-degree murder charge, Judge Marubio ordered that Wilson be held without bond while he awaits trial, specifically noting that “the nature of this offense indicates to me that additional murders were being planned.”
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Earlier in March, Law Enforcement Today reported on another case where a suspect reportedly committed additional offenses while out on multiple bonds in Texas.
Here’s that previous report.
HOUSTON, TX – A 19-year-old suspect who was out of jail on 11 different bonds was alleged to have committed a string of armed robberies earlier in March while released.
With the suspect in custody, the issue at hand once again brings scrutiny to the practice of judges affording bond on new charges, when suspects are re-arrested while out on previous bonds.
In our latest report of 'Breaking Bond', FOX 26 Reporter has more on one teenager who was out on 11 bonds goes on an alleged armed robbery spree. https://t.co/zhmE07yTN0
— FOX26Houston (@FOX26Houston) March 10, 2021
Andy Kahan from Crime Stoppers described the case of 19-year-old Jose Perez as one he has “never seen” with regard to a suspect being re-arrested while out on 11 different bonds from other cases.
“I have never ever seen since Jose Perez came along, someone with double digit bonds and that’s 11.”
Harris County 230th Criminal District Court Judge, Chris Morton, is reportedly the judge responsible for seeing Perez being afforded bond on his previous cases, before allegedly going on an armed robbery spree between March 2nd and 3rd.
The teenage suspect had allegedly knocked off three establishments at gunpoint point; which police say were a Circle K at 5091 FM 2351, a Chevron at 5450 FM 2351, and a Cindies Novelties Store at 18201 Gulf Freeway.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo rhetorically asked the following about the matter:
“Why is a person on 11 bonds going around robbing people?”
Kahan is also rightfully confused as to why a judge would even consider affording someone bond for an eleventh time, when the previous ten instances were obviously not effective.
“You would think that the court would say you know what Mr. Perez, this bond thing just ain’t working.”
While there are no reports of anyone being harmed in the cases related to Perez, the same cannot be said about a man whose bond was reinstated and then later arrested for a double homicide.
Back in July of 2020, 35-year-old Derrick Hayes reportedly had several bonds revoked after acquiring new criminal charges.
Yet – for reasons unknown – Hayes’ bond was reinstated in November of 2020 and he was able to walk free from jail.
From what Kahan says, that jail release resulted in the lives of a child and a grandmother being taken.
“That decision cost a grandmother and a 15-year-old boy their lives, no if, ands, or buts.”
On March 2nd, Hayes was charged with the murders of 71-year-old Carmen Hayes and 15-year-old Alexander Bryce. According to reports, their deaths mark the 98th and 99th Harris County locals allegedly murdered by a suspect freed from jail on several bonds.
Chief Acevedo said it’s a case that, “we should all be outraged about.”
The HPD chief likens the practice of judges simply affording defendants bail after acquiring new charges while on previous bonds as being tantamount to “not caring about victims”.
The Chief said:
“We now have members of the judiciary who absolutely are not caring about victims, aren’t caring about speedy trials, aren’t caring about justice.
“I’m not sure what they are caring about, because what they’re doing is getting people killed and people victimized, and that’s something we should all be concerned about.”
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