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Fourth man charged with fatal October shooting of 73-year-old man

Malcolm X. Terry  |  Chicago Police photo

Malcolm X. Terry | Chicago Police photo

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Updated: March 25, 2013 5:49PM

A fourth man has been charged with the murder of a 73-year-old man who was shot dead as he sat outside on a neighbor’s porch on the South Side last October.

Malcolm X. Terry, 22, of the 1400 block of 67th Place, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of William Thomas, according to police News Affairs.

About 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 12, Thomas was sitting outside on a porch in the 6800 block of South East End Avenue, about a half-block from his home, when shots rang out. Grand Crossing District officers responded to the scene and discovered Thomas lying on the sidewalk, suffering from a fatal gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Pontrelli said the shooting was the result of a rivalry between Mall Town and Murder Town gang members.

Aramis McKinzie, 18, Garlin Minor, 19, and Akeem L. Simmons, 20, were also arrested earlier this month for their alleged roles in the shooting.

Terry joined those three men and a fifth who hasn’t been charged, Pontrelli said, as they walked into an alley off 68th Street between Stony Island and Cornell.

From there he said Simmons and McKinzie walked east to an alley between Cornell and East End while Terry, Minor and the fifth male waited as lookouts.

Thomas was then shot multiple times in the head, Pontrelli said, and all five suspects fled west toward 68th and Blackstone. A witness later identified Terry in a lineup.

Thomas, of the 1700 block of East 68th Street, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

McKinzie, of the 1400 block of South Canal Street, Minor, of the 600 block of East 95th Street, and Simmons, of the 1400 block of East 68th Street, were each charged with one count of first degree murder, police said.

Bail was set at $4 million each for McKinzie and Simmons, and $3 million for Minor, according to the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.

Cook County Judge James Brown ordered Terry held without bail Sunday, pending a second hearing during which Terry said he hoped to have a private lawyer present.

Contributing: Jon Seidel

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