Two out of three men accused of killing the fourth grader in a case shocking the city have been waiting for him, prosecutor Margaret Hillmann said during the opening speech of her trial on Tuesday. They were armed and ready to kill the boy in a revenge assassination that was supposed to settle a gang fiasco.
The defendants Dwright Doty and Corey Morgan are brought to court together, but in separate juries.
Hillmann said Doty and Morgan, alleged members of the Black P. Stone Nation Bang Bang gang, or BBG's day, sought revenge for the killing of Morgan's brother and the wounding of his mother a month earlier by members of rival gangster disciple Killa Ward. Group.
"Shooting Morgan's mother was more than pale," Hillmann said in her opening speech. "There were not many rules in this feud, but families were taboo, they were untouchable."
Tyshawn's father, Pierre Stokes, is accused of belonging to the Killa Ward faction.
Morgan's brother Tracy was there The prosecution said she shot and killed her mother in a car in October 201
"This made Morgan angry," Hillmann said. "Not only was he crazy, he was in murderous rage and said he was going to kill grandmas, moms, kids and anyone he could catch."
Morgan and Edwards allegedly went in search of a Killa Ward member to avenge their death, Hillmann said.
"When they could not find Pierre Stokes, they found his 9-year-old son Tyshawn, a fourth grader who had nothing to do with this gang nonsense," said Hillman.
At Dawes Park, Doty Tyshawn approached and talked to him and even played basketball to gain his trust, Hillmann said. He picked up the basketball and lured the boy into an alley while Morgan and Edwards watched from a black SUV.
"Dwright Doty took out a 40-caliber pistol and had Tyshawn executed in broad daylight." Hillmann told the jury.
An autopsy of Tyshawn's body showed two piercing gunshot wounds, and part of his right thumb was lost as a defense wound attempting to ward off a shot, court records said. The boy's body had a bullet wound on his head, a gunshot wound on his upper right back, and a superficial wound on his right forearm.
Brett Gallagher, a public defender of Cook County who represented Doty, told juries that no one had seen anything. Doty killed the boy and suggested that the police described her client as a suspect because of the city's high profile the case was forced to arrest.
"Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Doty is not guilty, he is not responsible for the death of Tyshawn Lee," she said.
Gallagher asked the jury to question the evidence in the case, noting that everything Doty said about the murder in prison was not true.
"Within these walls, Mr. Doty was alone, no friends, no family, no freedom to go," she said, adding that his confessions in jail were just an attempt to be "bigger, meaner and more ruthless than he actually was "to be viewed.
Morgan's lawyer, Thomas Breen, suggested to the jury that Doty should act on his own behalf when he killed Tyshawn.
"The execution – and it's an execution of this nine-year-old boy – must come from a uniquely evil person who does not come from a plan," he said. "His killer did it on his own and for his own sake, not at the behest or with the help of Corey Morgan, to believe that there is such a thing out there is scary."
Tyshawn's death shocked residents and authorities. John Escalante, Chicago Interim Superintendent at that time, said the murder of Tyshawn was "far worse" even in a city with numerous gang killings.
Nicole Chavez of CNN contributed to this report.