CHICAGO — A Massachusetts man accused of supplying a gun used to kill a man in Austin in 2011 has been charged with murder.
Gregory L. Williams, 26, of Nantucket, Mass., was arrested in Bolivar County, Miss., Thursday and was extradited to Chicago, police said.
He is accused of supplying the gun used to kill Edward Jackson, who was stading with a group of friends in the 5700 block of West Potomac Avenue when he was shot at 5:15 a.m. on June 19, 2011.
In August, Melvin Hoskins, 25, was charged with murdering Jackson. Hoskins and two other men allegedly walked up to the group of friends when Jackson was discussing birthday plans, prosecutors said in August.
One of the men with Hoskins told Jackson they had a problem with his cousin and then threatened him, prosecutors said.
But Jackson told Hoskins and the two men he didn't want any trouble and walked away.
The man who threatened Jackson then put a gun in Hoskins' hand, prosecutors said.
After Williams was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant, he was identified by witnesses as the man who supplied the gun, police said.
After taking the gun, Hoskins followed Jackson and then allegedly shot him several times in his back, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said several people saw the shooting, and the next day, Hoskins admitted to one witness that he shot Jackson.
When the witness asked why, Hoskins allegedly said he killed Jackson because he could not catch his cousin.
Williams is due in court Friday.