CHICAGO — A girlfriend and boyfriend are charged in the fatal beating of a man who tried to steal a "large quanity of marijuana" from the man, prosecutors said.
Tierra Williams, a 29-year-old from the 6600 block of South Rockwell Street, was ordered held on $900,000 bond during a brief court hearing Monday, more than seven months after prosecutors say she and her boyfriend, along with a group of unidentified people, fatally beat Anthony Morris, of Tennessee.
Morris arranged to meet the boyfriend, Aaron Smith, in the 7000 South Vincennes Avenue at 1:30 p.m. on March 26 to buy marijuana, prosecutors said.
After meeting, Morris noticed that Smith had a great deal of marijuana, prosecutors said. Instead of buying some, as he had arranged, Morris decided to steal all of it.
He grabbed the drugs and ran, prosecutors said. Both Smith and Williams ran after him, and Smith caught up with Morris first and attacked him.
When Williams and a number of unidentified accomplices arrived, Williams pulled a baseball bat from the trunk of their car and struck Morris in the head with it at least twice, prosecutors said.
According to an autopsy by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, Morris died of blunt force injuries from being struck in his head. His death was ruled a homicide, police said.
Police identified Williams as one of the attackers who left Morris wounded in the 7000 block of South Vincennes Avenue around 1:35 p.m. on March 26. Morris was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a week later.
On Oct. 21, Smith, 28, of the 6500 block of South Washtenaw Avenue, was also charged with murder in connection with Morris' death.
He is being held on $1 million bail.
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