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$2 million bail for man charged in fatal shooting of cabdriver

A Marquette Park man boasted that robbery turns him on before he joined in on a holdup that ended with the fatal shooting of a 48-year-old cabdriver on the South Side.

Gregory James, 29, of the 6400 block of South Richmond, was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail Sunday by Cook County Judge James Brown. James was charged with murder in connection with the March 14, 2013, shooting that ended with the death of cabdriver Edwin Obazuaye.

Eric Taylor, 28, was previously charged in the shooting. Taylor is being held without bail in the Cook County Jail.

On the day of the shooting, Obazuaye picked up James and Taylor about 5:45 p.m. in the 8500 block of South Parnell, police said at the time.

Assistant State’s Attorney Beth Novy said Sunday that the men called the cab using James’ brother’s phone. At the time, Taylor told James he wanted to rob the cabdriver, Novy said. That’s when James changed his plans to join Taylor, using a vulgar phrase to express how excited he gets about robbery, she said.

The men climbed into the cab and demanded the driver’s possessions, but Novy said Obazuaye resisted, locked the doors in the back of the car and drove around looking for police.

After traveling just over a mile, at least one of the men opened fire near 91st and Lafayette, striking Obazuaye, authorities said. After the shooting, Taylor and James fled through the car’s broken windows, Novy said.

James also texted his brother and told him to get rid of the phone they used to call the cab, Novy said.

Obazuaye died four days later, authorities said.

Contributing: Megan Graham

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