COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A second man is facing murder charges in connection with the stabbing death of a Bronzeville man.
Jason Smith, 25, appeared in bond court Saturday on charges stemming from the August 2013 murder of Lamont Larkins.
Larkins was found by a friend in the early morning hours of Aug. 30, 2013, stabbed several times in an alley in the 4000 block of South Calumet Avenue. The friend took Larkins, 24, to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, authorities said.
In September, Timothy Barber was charged with second-degree murder in the case and ordered held on $800,000 bail.
On Saturday, Smith, of the 6800 block of South Indiana Avenue, also was ordered held on $800,000 bail.
Smith was pulled over by police Jan. 9 in the 600 block of West Garfield Boulevard for expired license plates. Smith, who police already had linked to Larkins' death, was arrested, authorities said.
Prosecutors said Smith participated in the fatal stabbing with Barber.
When Barber appeared in court in September, prosecutors said Barber and Larkins were playing a card game when an argument started over allegations of cheating, according to the Tribune. The argument escalated, and Larkins was stabbed repeatedly.
Smith's alleged role in the argument was not clear, but court records stated he "participated in the fatal stabbing."