South Chicago and West Pullman, Illinois Crime News: 18-Year-Old Thaddeus Tucker Shot And Killed By Unknown Gunman

The Chicago Sun-Times has reported on the shooting death and apparent murder of a teenager in West Pullman, which is a community on the far south side of Chicago, Illinois. This incident occurred on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

The victim is 18-year-old Thaddeus Tucker. He was from south suburban Lansing. One other victim was shot in the foot. That second victim was able to get to a house and call for help. He is 21 years old, but his name was not released.

Evidence:

A lot of times, victims are up to no good in a situation like this, which makes it hard to get evidence and find out exactly what happened. But other times, there are random robberies on the street and random shootings for senseless reasons. All of these types of crimes happen in Chicago. So you can’t really say what happened in this case. But it appears as if one or more suspects shot at two unarmed people, killing Thaddeus Tucker and injuring a second victim.

Suspects:

No information about suspects was provided by the Chicago Sun-Times report.

Motive:

As discussed above, there is no evidence yet to establish a motive in this killing and apparent murder of Thaddeus Tucker in the West Pullman neighborhood of South Chicago.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago, Illinois Crime News: Jerell Butler Shot And Killed By Gunman On Bicycle in 900 Block Of North Drake (West Side Humboldt Park); 1 Injured

ABC Local has reported on another deadly shooting in Chicago, Illinois. This incident occurred on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Jerell Butler, 26,  was shot and killed, and an unidentified 32-year-old man was injured and transported to the hospital.

The report says that an unidentified suspect was on a bicycle in the 900 block of North Drake, which is in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood. While no other specific evidence is detailed in the ABC report, what is known is that the gunman on the bike shot the two victims.

At the time of the report, no one has been arrested, and there is no publicly known suspect.

Charges:

Without knowing full details, it sounds like we are looking at a charge of first degree murder in the death of Jerell Butler, and a charge of attempted first degree murder in the injury to the other victim. Of course, there are several scenarios which could change that. Was the suspect threatened? Did he simply ride up on his bike and start shooting. Unfortunately, that kind of senseless crime does occur a lot in Chicago. But we can only guess the suspect is going to be in trouble if they find him and have no credibility. If he acted in self-defense, for example, leaving the crime scene is an awfully bad thing to do.

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ABC Local Report On Shooting And Death Of Jerell Butler in Chicago, Illinois

MSNBC And NBC Nightly News Crime Video: Adel Daoud, Homegrown Terror Suspect, Arrested In FBI Sting Operation For Trying To Detonate Fake Bomb In Chicago, Illinois

The following MSNBC video comes from the NBC Nightly News. It is about an alleged homegrown terror incident, which includes an attempted bomb attack on a bar in Chicago, Illinois. The video was added to the MSNBC website on September 15, 2012.

Adel Daoud appeared on the FBI’s radar when he reportedly started talking about jihad and attacking Americans on Facebook. When the feds got wind of that, an undercover agent hooked up with Daoud and provided him with a fake bomb.

Daoud, who is only 18 years old, then took the bomb and drove it in a Jeep Cherokee to the Chicago bar, which was not named in this video. He was then arrested upon trying to detonate the explosive device. However, it was a fake and could not have worked.

Click here to see my discussion about a possible entrapment defense for Adel Daoud. In short, I do not believe that he has such a defense in this case. However, we only know the basic facts about his alleged terror attempts. The devil is always in the details.

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Chicago, Illinois Crime News: Alleged Aspiring Jihad Terrorist, 18-Year-Old Adel Daoud, Charged With Trying To Blow Up Building

AP has reported on the arrest of 18-year-old Adel Daoud, who is accused of trying to blow up a building in Chicago, Illinois. The charges include attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to use an explosive to destroy a building.

Evidence:

The proof of Adel Daoud’s guilt appears to be overwhelming. He was essentially caught in a sting operation. Undercover agents hooked up with Daoud, posing as violent extremists. They supplied him with a bomb, but it was fake. So even if he tried to detonate it, the device would not have exploded.

In a case like this, about the only defense you would have is entrapment – that Adel Daoud had no plan to engage in this terrorist act but was suckered into it by the undercover agents. But the problem with that defense in this case is that entrapment doesn’t apply if the defendant was already predisposed to commit the criminal acts. Agents reportedly started tracking Daoud when he posted on Facebook about terrorism and appeared to be an extremist. So the evidence would seem to suggest that he was predisposed to doing this. We would have to see the exact evidence to know for sure. But it appears so far that Daoud does not have a strong basis for an entrapment defense.

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AP Report On Arrest Of Adel Daoud For Attempted Terrorist Crimes

Cahokia, Illinois Crime News: 9-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder In Killing Of 14-Month-Old Taquan Willis

Taquan Willis was a 14-month-old baby who was beaten to death in Cahokia, Illinois. A 9-year-old child who was sleeping in the same room has now been charged with first-degree murder in Taquan’s death, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Under Illinois law, a 9-year-old may not be charged as an adult. However, the kid can and has been charged with murder as a juvenile.

Evidence:

The article in the St Louis Post-Dispatch doesn’t go into too many details on the evidence against the kid. Presumably, the kid must have admitted to doing something. Otherwise, all adults in the house would have to be ruled out as suspects before charging and prosecuting the 9-year-old boy for the killing.

Cahokia is in St. Clair County, Illinois, which is just across the border from Missouri. It is in the southwestern part of the state.

Due to Illinois laws, the name of the 9-year-old murder defendant has not been released to the public.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Story On 9-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder of Baby, Taquan Willis