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Man convicted of 2006 murder of Jesse White tumbler

Updated: October 30, 2012 6:12AM

A Cook County jury Friday convicted a 27-year-old South Side man of murdering a Jesse White Tumbler and star Robeson High School basketball player.

A jury deliberated three hours before finding Eddie Fenton guilty of shooting Willie Williams III, 17, in the parking lot of the Ford City Mall on the South Side. The shooting took place in the early morning hours of April 1, 2006, after a fight broke out between their friends.

Williams, who had just left a late showing of the film “ATL” with the others, was not involved in the brawl, prosecutors said.

Williams’ family members wept as the verdict was read in Judge Kenneth Wadas’ courtroom Friday night.

“This is what we’ve been waiting on,” said his dad, Willie Williams Jr. The verdict now gives the family closure, he said.

He said he felt bad for Fenton, too.

“He just had a very bad life and had the wrong guidance,” he said.

Earlier, during closing arguments, Assistant State’s Attorneys Arunas Buntinas and Nancy Galassini repeatedly stressed how all of the witnesses, including a friend of Fenton’s who disposed of the weapon, identified him as the shooter.

“‘It is what it is,’” Donnie Moore said Fenton told him after the deadly shooting.

Assistant public defender Kulmeet “Bob” Galhotra questioned the credibility of Moore and the other witnesses — all felons.

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