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Teen charged with setting up deadly armed robbery

Updated: December 20, 2012 5:50PM

A West Side teenager was charged with murder for allegedly setting up a deadly armed robbery of a man who gave her cash and bragged about having lots of cars and living with a pair of strippers.

Britany Watson was in Sherman Horton’s car when her uncharged cohort shot Horton once in the chest as he tried to drive away in the 5800 block of West Superior Street Monday night, assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.

Authorities initially thought Watson, 17, was a witness and a victim but as they questioned her, she allegedly blurted out: “I set all this up. They was only supposed to rob him. They were not supposed to kill him.”

Because Watson believed Horton, 34, always had “hundreds of dollars” on him, she figured he’d be an ideal target, authorities said. Watson allegedly had met the man a few days before his death.

As she sat in the passenger side of Horton’s car before the fatal shooting, Watson sent a text to one of her co-offenders that read, “Wassup you want to do this [robbery]? I got a lick for you,” Santini said.

The respondent said he was with his “homie” and was “down” with carrying out the crime, Santini said.

He asked for the location of Horton’s car and Watson texted it to him, Santini said.

Minutes later, the other two culprits — one allegedly holding a gun and the other armed with a brick — approached Horton’s vehicle.

Horton drove away when the armed suspect tapped his window with the gun, Santini said. But he was shot as he fled and eventually crashed his car into parked vehicles with Watson inside.

Watson got out of the car and called for help while the other two rifled through Horton’s pockets, Santini said.

Watson, of the 1700 block of North Luna, was transported to West Suburban Hospital for her injuries.

She later admitted her role in the deadly robbery to detectives and said she deleted all her texts because she didn’t want police to know it was a set up, Santini said.

Watson, who appeared in court with long crimped flaming red hair, jeans and a brown and white polka dotted dress, was charged with assault as a juvenile, Santini said.

She had completed the 11th grade and was about to re-enroll in Austin Career Academy before her arrest, a defense attorney said.

Judge Edward Harmening ordered Watson held in lieu of $1 million bail Thursday for armed robbery and murder.

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