22-year-old Dwight Doty was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2015 shooting that resulted in Tishown's small body collapsing on concrete in an alley, a gunshot wound to the head.
"Even as we" We were almost numb to the headlines about violence, this case shook us to the ground, "Cook County State's Attorney Kim Fox said in a statement after the sentence.
" While we await the second sentence. "We are pleased with the first result of this case," she said. "We hope that this sentence will bring some closure and peace to the Taishaun Lee family that we will never forget."
Another man, Carey Morgan , were tried in the same courtroom but before a separate jury.This panel was still pondering when Doty was sentenced. [1
Morgan's lawyers argued that Dotty acted alone. Attorney Doty accused Morgan of retaliation.
Dotty and Morgan, well-known members of Bang Bang Bang Bang Stone, or BBG, exact revenge for the murder of Brother Morgan and his mother in October 2015 by gangster disciple Killa Ward, prosecutors say.
Tishown's father, Peter Stokes, allegedly belonged to the Ward Kill faction.
"Who in this world has more reason to believe that this will happen to Taishaun Lee than to the man who sits right there?" Cook County State's Attorney Craig Engebretson told the jury, citing Morgan.
"He has a motive," said prosecutor Morgan. "It was a 9-year-old boy who was targeted and executed."
The jury sees a photo of a body, ground on earth
On a warm and sunny November day, almost four years ago, Taishaun was still in school uniform when he told his grandmother that he loved her and ran across the street to South Side Park with his basketball.
He allegedly approached Dawes Park in Taishaun, talked to him and even played basketball to win his trust, prosecutors said. Then he raised the ball and lured the boy into the alley. Morgan and Edwards were waiting nearby in a black SUV.
"Then it will happen," said Engebretson. "The gun is raised. The gun is pointed. Tishaun sees it coming. He raises his hand. He can't do anything, but tries … Dwight Doty is driving him into this alley."
An autopsy of Tishaun's body showed two perforating gunshot wounds, and part of his right finger was lost as a gunshot wound, trying to block a gunshot, according to court documents. There was a gunshot wound to the head, a bullet wound to the right upper back and superficial injury to the right forearm.
Prosecutors showed the jury a photo of Taishown lying in the alley.
"Taishaun's nine years have been trusted by this guy," later State Attorney Patrick Waller told the jury that he would decide Dotty's fate. "He was naïve for nine years. He was able to lure Taishan out of park security."
The murder was planned in revenge for the shooting death of Morgan's brother, Tracy, who was deadly.
Morgan was prompted "by his desire for revenge, so that those who are otherwise hurt may have been harmed," Engebretson said.
Morgan's lawyer says that his client was targeted by officers who sought to solve a high-profile crime.
The prosecutor claimed that Morgan was legally responsible for the murder, as was the gunman. He presented more than two weeks of evidence against the accused, including witnesses who selected him in the park shortly before the boy was killed and searches he carried out on his cellphone.
Morgan, for example, searched the pages of Mother and Father Taishaun on Facebook after the shooting reported authorities.
"If ever there was more than enough evil to spread around it," Engebretson said. – The shooter does not receive a monopoly on responsibility. Everyone who participated, who planned, who acted, who
Morgan's lawyer, Todd P & # 39; y, told jurors in the jury that prosecutors could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that his client required or assisted in the murder. He also accused the police of manipulating photo material and allegedly "keyed Mor" to a witness. tried to pick up the proof a little in a certain direction. "
Investigators sought to make arrests during loud shooting, P & # 39; S told the jury.
" Corey Morgan as a suspect made sense "- said P & # 39; S." He was a bandit. He was not about to win any civic prizes. His brother was killed on October 13. His mother was shot. "
Lawyer Doty claims that the Morgan brothers had" all the motive in the world "
Lawyer Doty claimed that no one saw his murder, and suggested that the police call them a client because
In closing arguments Thursday, public defender Dottie Danita Iwuri suggested that the Morgan brothers were behind the shooting.
"Those who have all the motives in the world," she said, adding that a witness identified Cory. Morgan in a park with a gun.
Iwori told the jury that her client had lied to impress the rank-and-file gang member and to secure his protection behind bars.
"Mr Doty did what he thought he should do. to survive, and that is a lie, "she said.
The death of Tishaun shocked residents and authorities.
John Escalante, interim interim chief of the Chicago Police, stated that even in a city that witnessed numerous gang-related killings, Tishaun's murder "was something much more sinister."