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Bond Denied For Man Charged With 2011 Fatal Shooting Of Cook Outside Restaurant

Michael Pryor (Credit: Chicago Police Dept.)

Michael Pryor (Credit: Chicago Police Dept.)

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CHICAGO (STMW) — Bail was denied on Saturday for a 21-year-old man charged with the 2011 fatal shooting of a longtime cook at a South Side barbeque restaurant who was gunned down as he took a smoking break outside the restaurant.

Police said Joshua Hudgins was still wearing his apron and taking a smoking break when he was shot outside of Alice’s Barbeque. 65 E. 43rd St., about 9 p.m. on July 12, 2011.

As he stood outside of the restaurant, where he had worked for more than 10 years, a Wentworth District police lieutenant said at the time, a gray-colored vehicle drove past and someone inside opened fire, striking Hudgins in the chest, thigh, and buttocks, police said.

Hudgins, of the 4900 block of South Champlain Avenue, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later. He was not the intended target, police said.

Michael Pryor, of the 200 block of West Swann Street, which is about a mile south and west from the shooting scene, was charged with one count of first degree murder, police said on Saturday.

He appeared for a bond hearing in court on Saturday, where bail was denied. His next court date was scheduled for Tuesday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)