Man Charged in Killing of Chicago Infant Jonylah Watkins

Man Charged in Killing of Chicago Infant Jonylah Watkins

Chicago police has charged Koman Willis, 33, with killing Jonylah Watkins a 6-month-old and shooting her father on March 11, 2013.

Published May 28, 2013

(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.

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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