Man Charged in Killing of Chicago Infant Jonylah Watkins

Koman Willis, 33, is a suspect in shooting the infant and her father.

Posted: 05/28/2013 09:33 AM EDT

(Photo: AP Photo/Chicago Police Department)

Koman Willis has been charged in the shooting death of Jonylah Watkins, the 6-month-old girl who was killed during a drive-by shooting in Chicago on March 11. Willis, 33, was also charged with shooting Jonylah's father, Jonathan Watkins.

The father was targeted "in retaliation for a stolen video game system," police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters. 

Writes the Tribune:

The animosity began after a game system was taken from Willis' Chatham apartment and sold to someone else in the neighborhood, according to law enforcement sources.

When the new owner hooked up the system at home, he saw it belonged to Willis, a fairly well-known figure in the neighborhood and a convicted felon with more than three dozen arrests dating to 1996. Not wanting any trouble, the new owner returned the game console to Willis and told him the nickname of the person he bought it from, one of the sources said. Willis then figured out that person was Watkins, the source said.

Willis began questioning people about Watkins, and a short time later he opened fire on Watkins' minivan as he sat with Jonylah in the front seat, police said. Willis then escaped in a blue conversion van spotted on surveillance video near the scene, according to authorities.

Read full story here

BET National News - Keep up to date with breaking news stories from around the nation, including headlines from the hip hop and entertainment world. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter. 

Get ready for the BET Experience, featuring Beyoncé, Snoop DoggR. Kelly, Erykah BaduKendrick Lamar and many more. Go here for more details and info on how to buy tickets. Register now to attend free film screenings, celebrity basketball games and more.

From Our Partners