Man Charged In 2002 Back Of The Yards Murder
CHICAGO (STMW) — A Wisconsin man was ordered held without bail Thursday for a 2002 Back of the Yards shooting that left one victim dead and another injured.
Amin Williams didn’t pull the trigger, but he was with his friend Shaunte Robertson when Robertson shot two men for laughing at him when they saw him getting beaten up a few days before, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Glen Runk said.
Williams, who allegedly knew Robertson was armed before he fired, also giggled with Robertson while driving away following the Feb. 1, 2002 shooting.
Robertson and another man, Michael McGowan, were convicted of murdering 26-year-old Ernest Spencer and wounding Michael Blaylock in 2006.
It was unclear why it took 12 years to charge Williams, 31.
Williams, Robertson and McGowan were in McGowan’s car with McGowan’s girlfriend when they drove up to a double-parked car in the 4700 block of South Ashland Avenue, Runk said.
Inside, they saw the victims, a witness and the witness’ daughter, Runk said.
Robertson then declared, “There are them b—— there” and “That b—- is going down.”
Robertson also said he wanted to wipe the “tear drop off” of then 36-year-old Blaylock’s face, Runk said.
McGowan drove to the next block and parked, telling Williams to go with Robertson to “pop his ass.”
The witness and the daughter eventually went into a shoe store and Spencer went into a restaurant, leaving Blaylock in the car.
When Spencer exited the restaurant, Robertson shot him in the abdomen, Runk said.
Williams was by Robertson’s side when Robertson turned toward the car and shot Blaylock, Runk said.
Blaylock survived the shooting.
The witness, who ran to the door of the shoe store, saw Williams running away from the scene, Runk said.
Williams was arrested on Monday after officers observed gunfire spraying from a Jeep Williams that Williams and his friend were sitting in the 5300 block of South Street, Runk said.
Williams is currently on parole for a federal weapons conviction.
During his court appearance Thursday, Williams complained of being beaten by sheriff’s deputies.
Judge Peggy Chiampas’ temper rose when she said she heard Williams tell one deputy, “If I had a knife, I’d cut you right now.”
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