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Two teens accused of beating man to death over a cigarette

Updated: January 29, 2013 4:18PM

Two West Side teenagers were ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail Tuesday for beating a 43-year-old man to death during a fight over a cigarette.

Derrick Burns, 15, punched Anton Baker causing Baker to fall onto a couch at Burns’ home in the 1000 block of North LeClaire on Dec. 12, Cook County prosecutors said.

Then, William Davis, 16, joined Burns in punching and kicking Baker, assistant state’s attorney Jennifer Sexton said.

Baker, who was unarmed, tried blocking himself, and a witness tried to break up the fight, but the pair continued attacking the older man, Sexton said.

Baker ended up falling on the ground before Burns allegedly picked up a speaker and dropped it on Baker’s head.

A witness called 911, and the teenagers fled, Sexton said.

But they both came back and were arrested at the scene.

Prosecutors said the fight began when the two teens started a verbal argument with Baker over a cigarette.

Burns and Davis, of the 5000 block of West Augusta, were originally charged as juveniles but when the medical examiner ruled that Baker died from an asthma attack brought on by the beating, the charges were upgraded, Sexton said.

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