Authorities in Illinois say a Chicago man obtained a firearm and fatally shot someone with it while he was out on a no-cash bond for a prior gun-related charge.
According to CWB, Daryl Williams was arrested in November after residents in the neighborhood of New City reported hearing gunshots.
At the time of his arrest, he allegedly confessed to having obtained the gun illegally to protect himself from a local street gang. Police reports indicate he told arresting officers that he fired off two rounds to insure the gun worked.
That firearm was later determined to have been stolen in Spokane, Washington.
Williams was granted lenient bond conditions, requiring no money and no electronic monitoring. A judge ordered him to remain at his home during specific overnight hours and not to possess any firearms.
Though a grand jury subsequently returned more serious charges related to his arrest, Williams remained free awaiting trial until he allegedly violated the terms of his release in an incident that ended in a homicide.
He was arrested after police say he was involved in an argument on the evening of February 9 during which he broke several windows before storming out. He allegedly returned a short time later with a gun and opened fire toward the same house as its residents were cleaning up the mess he created.
“It ain’t over b****es,” he alleged shouted as he fired, striking and killing 45-year-old Daniel Smith.
Court records indicate Williams continued to ignore warrants on his initial charges and the subsequent shooting, evading authorities until officers spotted him earlier this week and arrested him on suspicion of murder.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart expressed his concern about this and an “alarming” number of other cases in which defendants facing gun-related charges are released.
Other local officials have pushed back on his assertion, though, including a spokesperson for Chief Judge Timothy Evans who stressed that these are “gun cases in which nobody was shot or killed” and thus “not an inherently violent charge.”
[Featured image: Daryl Williams/Chicago Police Department]