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Prosecutors accuse escapee of gunning down informant

Updated: August 20, 2013 6:39AM

A parolee riddled the body of a federal informant with 16 bullets in front of the informant’s terrified girlfriend and their two young children as payback for snitching, prosecutors alleged Thursday.

Paris Poe, 30, is accused of fatally shooting FBI informant Keith Daniels outside his Dolton home on April 14, just four days after a gang leader Daniels helped set up was arrested, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Poe — alleged to be a high-ranking member and deadly “enforcer” of the Hobos street gang — hasn’t been charged with Daniels’ murder, but prosecutors aired the allegations in a Markham courtroom Thursday morning when Poe appeared before Judge Darron Bowden on an escape charge.

Though the Sun-Times previously revealed that Poe was suspected of Daniels’ murder and at least three other killings, the hearing on Thursday marked the first time prosecutors have publicly accused him of murder.

Poe fired multiple shots into a car that the 27-year-old Daniels was sitting in with his girlfriend and children around 7:45 p.m., Cook County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said. When Daniels got out of the car, Poe kept shooting, Simonton said.

The girlfriend has identified Poe as the killer, she added.

Poe was under house arrest when he allegedly cut his Illinois Department of Corrections electronic monitoring bracelet and went on the run within hours of the unsealing of a federal complaint on April 10 that identified Daniels as the informant who helped set up Poe’s alleged associate, reputed Hobos gang leader Gregory Chester, in drug sting.

But Poe’s attorney, David F. Will, said that the allegations against Poe were trumped up to encourage a high bond. “The fact is, he hasn’t been charged with the murder — if they have an eyewitness, they should have charged him by now,” Will said.

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