CHICAGO — After missing his mark in a first attempt, a Chicago man now charged with murder, returned about seven hours later to finish the job, prosecutors said.
Ramon Words, 34, allegedly fired several shots at Denzell Williams on the night of Oct. 21, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Sexton. The 21-year-old South Austin man dodged the bullets only to get shot several hours later when Words returned.
Sexton said Words walked across a parking lot in the 5600 block of West Washington Street at about 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 with a gun in his hand. He fired several shots while chasing WIlliams around a parked car but missed.
That same night, at about 3 a.m., Williams was walking with a group of people in the 00 block of North Central Avenue when Washington appeared again.
Words allegedly shot Williams, who fell face-down in the street, Sexton said. He walked up to and fired the gun "point black" at Williams, killing him.
In October, Williams was walking with a group about 3 a.m. in the 0-100 block of North Central Avenue when someone fired multiple shots, police and family said at the time. Williams was struck several times and pronounced dead on the scene. No one else was injured, cops said.
Williams lived nearby in the 5600 block of West Washington Boulevard, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. His uncle told DNAinfo.com Chicago in October that he and Williams were heading home from a party when the gunman approached.
Police said Williams was a known gang member, though his uncle described him as loving man who had made "a few bad choices."
Words, of the 0-100 block of North Waller Avenue, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and two weapons-related charges. Cops found a weapon in his home, police said.
He was order held in lieu of $2 million bond on Thursday when he appeared in Cook County.
Witnesses identified Words as the shooter. But an attorney representing him said during Thursday's bond hearing that prosecutors failed to show that "the proof is evident and the presumption great" against Words.
"That requirement has been turned into a complete joke," the attorney said.