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Man charged in 2008 murder; had been accused of shooting at cops twice since then

Updated: September 4, 2012 5:37PM

Terrell Phagan allegedly killed a fellow gang member four years ago.

A couple of months later, he allegedly shot at a cop in the southern suburbs, according to court records. And last year, he allegedly attempted to murder Chicago police officers during a South Side chase.

Although witnesses had identified Phagan in the 2008 murder of fellow Mickey Cobra Anthony Taylor, he wasn’t charged with the crime until last week.

When asked at Phagan’s bond hearing Tuesday why it took so long to charge Phagan, now 24 and already in Cook County Jail, assistant state’s attorney Angela Carlisle would only say that the case had been an “ongoing investigation.”

Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered Phagan held without bail Tuesday for Taylor’s murder on June 13, 2008.

Phagan and Taylor had been discussing the need to have a handgun for protection while in the 2900 block of South State, Carlisle said in court Tuesday. But then Phagan started talking with someone else about the same thing — and allegedly took out a .45 caliber handgun and shot Taylor, 33, in the chest and abdomen, Carlisle said.

The chase last October began in the 10000 block of South Normal after officers saw a gray Chevrolet that was wanted in a vehicular hijacking. Phagan allegedly was driving the van and fled from police on I-57 and on the Dan Ryan Expy. He fired several shots at officers during the chase, which ended near East 31st and South King Drive when the van crashed in the parking lot of an apartment complex. No one was shot during the chase but two officers were hospitalized with minor injuries suffered in a crash related to the chase. Phagan is awaiting trial in connection with that incident.

Phagan was previously arrested in August 2008 for unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and for allegedly shooting at a police officer in the south suburbs. Phagan ended up pleading guilty only to the stolen vehicle charge and was sentenced to six years in prison in 2010, but was reportedly on parole at the time of the chase last year.

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