Man Charged with Gunning Down Rival in 2011

By Emily Morris on May 12, 2013 4:38pm 

 Deshawn Neal, 29, was charged with murder.
Deshawn Neal, 29, was charged with murder.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Prosecutors said a suburban drug dealer killed a rival in 2011 because he overstepped drug territory and then laughed about it.

Deshawn Neal, 29, of suburban Bellwood, was charged with murder in the killing of 25-year-old James Wilson.

On Jan. 31, 2011, Neal and Wilson got into an argument about drug sale territory in the 600 block of North Monticello Avenue in Humboldt Park, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Heather Kent said in a bond hearing Sunday.

Neal wanted Wilson to stop selling in that block, which Neal called his territory. When Wilson started laughing, Neal left the scene and returned with a gun a few minutes later, Kent said.

Neal pointed a gun at Wilson's head and fired the single shot that eventually killed him, the prosecutor said.

Wilson was not armed, according to Kent. The victim lived in the 500 block of Central Park Avenue a few blocks away from where he was shot, according to court documents.

Kent said a .40 caliber shell casing was recovered from the scene, and in June 2011 a gun was recovered and sent to a crime lab to be tested. The casing from the scene matched the handgun used in the murder, Kent said.

Neal was arrested on Saturday after officers pulled over a car he was sitting in, according to court documents. The officers partially identified the suspect by the tattoo of a rat on his neck, according to the documents.

A witness identified Neal as the shooter and Neal admitted to authorities that he was the one who killed Wilson, Kent said.

Judge Donald Panarese, Jr., ordered Neal held on a $2 million bail Sunday.