Man Guilty of Killing Chicago Boy Lured Into Alley

He bragged about killing 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 4, 2019 2:10 AM CDT
Man Guilty of Killing Chicago Boy Lured Into Alley
Corey Morgan listens during closing statements in his trial for the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Thursday, October 3, 2019.   (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 9-year-old Chicago boy who was lured into an alley with the promise of a juice box. Prosecutors contended that Dwright Boone-Doty and fellow gang member Corey Morgan planned the November 2015 slaying of Tyshawn Lee before Boone-Doty took a gun Morgan gave him and shot the boy. The Cook County jury found Boone-Doty guilty on Thursday night, the AP reports. Prosecutors said Boone-Doty won the boy's trust by dribbling his basketball at a South Side playground before luring him into the alley, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"The last thing he saw was this guy pulling out his gun and firing repeatedly from close range as he tried in vain to defend himself." Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Waller told jurors. Prosecutors have said the boy was killed because the men believed his father belonged to a rival gang. They said the men thought that gang was responsible for fatally shooting Morgan’s brother and wounding his mother. Prosecutors said tests revealed that Boone-Doty’s DNA was on the basketball found near the boy’s body, and they played a tape of Boone-Doty bragging to another jail inmate that he’d killed the boy. A separate jury deciding Morgan's fate has been sequestered after not being able to reach a verdict. (Tyshawn's father is in jail after allegedly shooting three people for revenge.)

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