Suspect admitted role in quintuple slayings, pal testifies
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter May 20, 2014 6:44PM
Torolan Williams is accused of killing five people at a home in the 7600 block of South Rhodes. His trial began Tuesday. | Chicago Police photo
Updated: June 24, 2014 6:37AM
The high school buddy of an accused gunman in a quintuple murder testified Tuesday that his friend came clean about his role in the deadly South Side robbery while they awaited trial for the crime in Cook County Jail.
Days after the April 23, 2008 slayings, Torolan Williams insisted that his cohort Michael King killed all five victims inside the house, in the 7600 block of South Rhodes Avenue, Arthur Brown said.
But following a Bible study session in the jail in 2009, Williams pulled Brown aside near a stairwell and allegedly admitted he killed two people in the spree.
“He [Williams] said he shot Don P. [Donovan Richardson] while he was on the couch. He said there was a girl who wouldn’t stop screaming, so he turned around and shot her,” Brown said, testifying against Williams, 28.
Richardson, 24, and his friends, Anthony Scales Jr., 26, Reginald Walker, 23, Whitney Flowers, 22, and Lakesha Doss, 17, were discovered shot in the head following the robbery.
Brown, 31, testified that he was under the impression that he was going to buy high quality “Kush” or marijuana when he and a pal pulled up near the Rhodes address on the evening of April 22, 2008.
But Brown said Williams told him that he had a “sweet lick” — a phrase meaning easy robbery — and requested that he “stick around” to assist.
Brown said he waited in an alley when he saw King and Williams emerge with four flat screen televisions and two duffel bags.
Brown said he helped the pair pack the “loot” in King’s Cadillac and got in the back seat as King and Williams “giggled.”
Brown told Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Heilingoetter that he didn’t know anyone had been gunned down until he watched the news the next day.
During cross examination, Brown admitted to Assistant Public Defender Steven Stach that he lied to detectives about being at the scene of the killings until they showed him the slain victims’ watches and earrings that he had pawned.
Although Brown never pulled the trigger, he said, “I was in the wrong.”
The former UPS supervisor later said, “I wanted to come out and tell the truth.”
Brown is expected to be sentenced to 24 years in prison in exchange for his testimony against Williams and King.
King, 33, is awaiting trial.