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Gang member guilty of killing ATF informant

Updated: October 2, 2012 5:18PM



A purported gang member was convicted Tuesday of murdering an informant for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Spencer Martin gunned down 26-year-old Earl Willis in 2006 over a dispute over money he believed Willis owed him, Willis’ mother Allean Clark said following the verdict.

Martin, 35, who police say is a member of the Vice Lords, showed no emotion when the jury’s decision was read in Cook County Judge Steven Goebel’s courtroom.

“I’m glad the verdict was what it was,” Clark said afterward.

Martin and Willis had been “associates” who together in 2006 allegedly robbed a North Side gas station.

During that spree, Martin shot someone with the weapon he eventually used to kill Willis and two others in a South Side holdup, authorities said.

Martin, who is currently serving prison sentences for the other shootings, was charged with Martin’s murder in 2009.

Clark said the last time she saw her son was on Feb. 4, 2006. His body turned up three months later on the South Side inside a van that was covered with parking tickets.

“It’s really difficult to think of what might have been,” Clark said about her slain eldest child, describing him as “family oriented” and someone who cherished his elderly relatives.

Willis was an ATF informant, but wasn’t providing information at the time of his death, a source said at the time of Martin’s arrest.



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