Alleged gang member charged with shooting witness in court case
BY CASEY TONER Staff Reporter August 18, 2013 5:54PM
Lino Padilla | Cook County Sheriff's photo
Updated: August 18, 2013 9:26PM
A witness in a court case was shot multiple times a day after a 26-year-old Chicago man threatened him with violence if he testified in court, prosecutors said on Sunday.
Lino Padilla, of the 4400 block of South Hermitage, was charged with felony communicating with a witness after he spoke to the man, court records show.
Court records show that Padilla, an alleged gang member, contacted the 22-year-old Chicago man on Aug. 9 and told him, “you better not go to court,” and “I got something for you.” Padilla also told the man that he should watch his back, authorities said.
Prosecutors did not have any information on the crime that the 22-year-old man was set to testify about.
The day after Padilla threatened the witness, the witness was shot nine times including twice in the chest, according to court records.
Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Christine Brewer said the witness’ condition is unknown. It is also unknown whether anyone has been charged in the shooting.
According to court records, the witness told investigators about Padilla’s threat on Aug.16.
On Sunday Padilla appeared in court where Judge James Brown set Padilla’s bail at $500,000.