Murder charges in death of man impaled after fight at party
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org June 27, 2013 10:13AM
Wilie Hubbard / photo from Chicago Police
Updated: June 27, 2013 7:51PM
Willie Hubbard was annoyed with the drunk man who barged into a Father’s Day barbecue he had been attending on the South Side, authorities said.
The unwanted guest allegedly swore and tried to pick up some of the small children at the gathering before he was asked to leave for being such a nuisance at the June 16th backyard gathering in the 9100 block of South Greenwood.
And he did, according to Cook County prosecutors.
But Hubbard was still angry over the disturbance and punched 48-year-old Edward Scott three times, causing him to fall forward and have his eye impaled on one of the rods of the wrought iron fence he stood next to, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney John Dillon said Thursday at Hubbard’s bond hearing.
Scott, who didn’t threaten or say anything to Hubbard before he was attacked, ended up collapsing along with the rod that broke off from the rest of the fence, Dillon said.
He died and Hubbard, 33, ran off as stunned onlookers screamed.
But he turned himself in Wednesday and was charged with murder — a charge assistant public defender Marijane Placek contended was too severe for an incident she described as a “freak accident.”
Scott was “bothering and scaring” the young women and children at his next-door neighbor’s party and continued to act in a “salacious and obnoxious matter,” Placek said.
Placek continued, saying that all the men in Judge Donald Panarese Jr.’s courtroom probably had been at a fight at one point in their lives.
“This is a freak accident . . . This is a man [Scott] who would not go away [prompting the fight],” Placek said as Hubbard stood before the judge in a plaid shirt and dark pants.
Panarese ordered Hubbard, of the 1000 block of East 93rd Street, held on $50,000 bail.
Hubbard has a prior conviction for leaving the scene of a deadly accident. He also has a 2004 drug conviction.