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Chicago man kills another over dripping air conditioner

Charles Sims 28

Charles Sims, 28

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Updated: October 25, 2011 12:30AM

A dripping window air conditioner led to the execution-style killing of a West Side man, police said Monday.

Charles Sims, 28, shot Jimmy Parker eight times about 2 a.m. on June 2, police said. Sims appeared in court Monday on a charge of first-degree murder. He is being held without bond.

Sims’ sister had complained to him that Parker dropped water on her from the window of an apartment building in the 5600 block of West Washington, police said.

But the water was simply condensation falling from an air conditioner in a third-floor apartment where the 29-year-old Parker was visiting a woman, Chicago Police Detective Anthony Noradin said.

The warm water fell on Sims’ sister when she returned home to the building shortly before midnight on June 1, police said. She called police to report the incident.

She also told her brother, who returned to the building and confronted Parker outside, police said. When Parker denied it, Sims punched him, police said.

Then Parker hit Sims, who allegedly pulled a 9mm handgun and shot Parker. Sims allegedly stood over Parker to finish him off, Noradin said.

“He administered a coup de grace of sorts,” he said.

Six witnesses have identified Sims as the shooter, Noradin said, adding that Sims has denied involvement in the shooting.

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