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Man accused of killing mom, son targeted by accomplice: prosecutors

Larry Cox  |  Chicago Police photo

Larry Cox | Chicago Police photo

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Updated: September 13, 2013 6:22AM

First, Antonio Lewis allegedly shot and killed a mother and her 5-year-old son in their Back of the Yards home in June.

And then, hours later, prosecutors say Lewis’ accomplice tried to have him killed as well — hiring a hit man to bump him off for half a pound of weed.

Now, Larry Cox Jr., 28, of the Gresham neighborhood, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder stemming from his role as the alleged getaway driver after the June 28 shooting deaths of Chevonne Brown, 31, and her son, Sterling Sims, 5.

But Cox is also facing one count of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly plotting the death of Lewis, who was shot the same day in the 2800 block of West Arthington and later charged with killing Brown and Sims.

Assistant State’s Attorney Latoya Croswell laid out the complicated narrative Sunday for Cook County Judge James Brown. She said Cox accompanied Lewis to the home of Brown and Sims in the 5300 block of South Winchester knowing that Lewis planned to commit a burglary there with a firearm. He acted as the getaway driver after the shootings, she said, and split the proceeds of the fatal robbery with Lewis.

Then, Croswell said, Cox called a third person who has yet to be charged and agreed to pay him half a pound of marijuana if he killed Lewis. Cox arranged a meeting where he promised to deliver a gun to Lewis, she said. But when Lewis went to retrieve the weapon, she said, he was attacked by the third person, who shot him 11 times, the prosecutor said.

The shooter returned to a car where Cox was waiting, she said, but he told Cox he wasn’t sure if Lewis was dead. So, Cox got out of the car and attacked Lewis with a knife, stabbing him until the blade bent, she said.

He ultimately allegedly resorted to stomping on Lewis’ head until he saw police nearby and fled.

Cox has since admitted his role in the robbery in the Back of the Yards, court records show. And Croswell said he paid the weed to the man he hired to kill Lewis.

Judge Brown ordered Cox held without bail.


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