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Bail set at $1 million for man accused of fatally shooting brother

Michael D. Whitney / Phofrom Chicago police.

Michael D. Whitney / Photo from Chicago police.

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Updated: August 2, 2013 7:26AM

Michael Whitney took the clip out of his father’s handgun before he used it to taunt his little brother Friday morning.

But he didn’t check the chamber, which held a bullet, authorities said.

Prosecutors say Whitney, 19, shot his brother, Malcolm, 16 — a Hyde Park Academy basketball player — in the head in the bathroom of their South Side home.

Bail was set at $1 million Sunday for Whitney, who faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Family members attended Whitney’s bond hearing at the 26th and California criminal courthouse — then broke down in tears in the hallway outside the courtroom and hugged each other.

They declined to comment.

Authorities say Whitney, a freshman at Southern Illinois University, took the gun from an unlocked drawer at the family’s home in the 7500 block of South Kingston about 9:45 a.m. Friday.

He pointed the gun at his brother and taunted him, authorities said. Malcolm reached for the weapon and it fired. The bullet in the chamber struck him in the head.

Michael Whitney moved his brother to the living room couch, authorities said.

Police found Malcolm lying face-down on the couch, bleeding from the head. He died a short time later at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Michael Whitney initially told police his brother was shot by a bullet that came through the window but later admitted he shot him, prosecutors said.

“This tragedy would not have occurred if a convicted felon had not touched a firearm,” Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. said during the hearing.

Whitney, who graduated from Phoenix Military Academy, has four previous felony convictions for burglary.

Malcolm Whitney “was a model student-athlete, any coach would be happy to have him. He had a 3.8 GPA,” Hyde Park Academy basketball coach Antonne Samuels said Friday.

Contributing: Sam Charles

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