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Man Charged in Crash That Killed Boy in Stroller Was Being Chased by Police

By  Erica Demarest and Josh McGhee | July 13, 2015 8:17am | Updated on July 13, 2015 2:33pm

 Antoine Watkins, 21, admitted to being the driver who hit and killed Dillan Harris on July 11 in Woodlawn, Asst. State's Atty. Jennifer Cooper said in court.
Antoine Watkins, 21, admitted to being the driver who hit and killed Dillan Harris on July 11 in Woodlawn, Asst. State's Atty. Jennifer Cooper said in court.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man accused of driving over a 13-month-old boy in a stroller, killing him, was being chased by Chicago Police after being seen "calmly" walking away from the slaying of Chicago rapper Capo, prosecutors said Monday.

Antoine Watkins, 21, admitted to being the driver who hit and killed young Dillan Harris on Saturday afternoon in Woodlawn, Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Cooper said during a bond hearing Monday.

Watkins is charged with Harris' murder, but has not been charged in the fatal shooting of Marvin "Capo" Carr, a 22-year-old friend and business associate of rapper Chief Keef.

When asked if charges were pending in that case, prosecutors said "at this point, [Watkins] is charged in the murder of Dillan Harris."

During Watkins' bond hearing Monday, a distraught woman screaming "You killed my f------ baby" was escorted from the Cook County courtroom moments before Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Watkins held without bail. The woman cried and repeatedly shouted, "You killed my baby," before being led away.

Prosecutors in court described how police started to chase Watkins on Saturday.

About 1:40 p.m. Saturday, an off-duty Dept. of Aviation officer heard gunshots at 77th and Kingston, Cooper said. That's where Capo was shot and killed.

Moments later, the officer saw a man matching Watkins' description walking "calmly" from the scene before getting into a red Toyota Avalon and driving off, Cooper said.

The aviation officer called 911 to report the license plate number, and followed the Toyota for roughly four blocks, according to prosecutors. Chicago Police officers began to pursue the car, and pulled it over near 65th and Richards.

When officers stepped out of their vehicle and walked toward the Toyota, Watkins hit the gas and sped off, Cooper said.

Watkins hit speeds of 60-70 mph on West 63rd Street (speed limit 30 mph) as he tried to elude the multiple squad cars that began chasing him with lights and sirens blaring, prosecutors said.

At 63rd and Ellis, Watkins lost control of the car, side-swiped a light pole and slammed into a bus stop, where little Dillan Harris was in a stroller, Cooper said.

Watkins continued driving, dragging Dillan and the stroller under the car and into a vacant lot, according to prosecutors. Watkins eventually crashed in a nearby alley, and was arrested soon after.

Watkins, of the 8100 block of South Bennett Avenue, is charged with murder, fleeing police, not having a driver's license and driving without insurance. Chiampas on Monday ordered him held without bail.

Police on Saturday said multiple people were in the car, but prosecutors only referred to Watkins in court Monday.

Watkins was on probation for an out-of-state drug conviction at the time of the crash.

His public defender said Watkins formerly worked at a fencing company, but had to quit to care for his mother after she suffered a stroke in June and lost control of the left side of her body. The attorney argued that murder charges were too severe for the crash, and that a charge of reckless homicide would've been more appropriate.

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Capo is part of Chief Keef's Glo Gang band of rappers, and Keef said on Sunday he would holding a concert to benefit Dillan Harris' family. That plan drew an angry response from the Rev. Michael Pfleger, who blamed Chief Keef for some of the city's violence.

Pfleger, a longtime anti-violence activist, posted on Facebook: "he has been one of the encourager's of the Violence.....Instead of having a concert...why doesn't he Man Up and acknowledge it's time to stop this violence and Apologize for his part in it!!!! we don't need a concert...we need PEACE......7 DEAD and 24 SHOT this weekend and he wants to do a concert.....Chief Keef....SHUT UP!!!!!"

Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, will hold the concert Friday from Beverly Hills, Calif., and appear at the Chicago concert in hologram form.

A spokesman for FilmOn Networks, which recently signed Chief Keef to a two-album deal, said Keef was "moved by the news of the murder of his friend and fellow artist Capo and the innocent baby bystander," according to a statement sent to DNAinfo Sunday evening.

The statement read: "Chief Keef, moved by the news of the murder of his friend and fellow artist Capo and the innocent baby bystander, has announced the formation of the Stop the Violence Now Foundation and a free concert in Chicago on Friday July 17 to benefit the victims' families and other Chicago charities and raise awareness about the out of control situation.

"The concert will be produced and sponsored by FilmOn Networks, which recently signed Keef to a two album deal, and Hologram USA. Both are owned by Greek billionaire Alki David. Keef released a single from his new album to radio a week ago that mourned his cousin, rapper Blood Money (aka Big Glo), in another tragic Chicago murder. The song is a cover of John Waite's "Ain't Missing You".

"Keef will appear by hologram on Hologram USA's mobile stage at a location and with special guests to be announced very soon. He loves his hometown Chicago but cannot attend due to outstanding warrants his legal team is addressing. The concert will also stream free on FilmOn.com.

"Funds raised will be matched by Alki David and Chief Keef."

A full news release with more details of the concert likely will be sent Monday, the FilmOn spokesman told DNAinfo.

Marvin Carr, also known as Chicago rapper Capo, was shot and killed in the South Shore neighborhood Saturday afternoon.

The 22-year-old Carr was shot in the back and hip while standing outside in the 7700 block of South Kingston Avenue at about 1:40 p.m. Saturday. A video of the aftermath shows him on the ground, bleeding badly as bystanders coax him to hang on.

Friday's concert will be free, but those attending will be encouraged to make donations, according to the Tribune. Donations will benefit the family of Dillan Harris, the 13-month-boy struck and killed in his stroller. The baby was in the 6300 block of South Ellis Avenue when he was struck, police said. A crumpled stroller could be seen in the grass following the tragedy.

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