A man accused of beating an older man in a fight over a bicycle in Ford Heights last week has been charged in the other man’s murder, authorities said.
Fred Barnes, 48, died Saturday from head injuries suffered in the July 11 attack, the Cook County medical examiner’s office found following an autopsy this weekend.
Ronald Wade, 18, of the 1000 block of Lexington Circle in Ford Heights, had been charged with aggravated battery before the man's death and has now been charged in Barnes’ murder, Cook County Sheriff’s police said in a statement today.
Barnes, of 1440 Park Lane in Ford Heights, was declared dead at 11:44 a.m. on Saturday at Stroger Hospital.
On July 11 about 9 p.m. Wade, 18, was struggling with the 48-year-old man over the older man's bicycle in the 1400 block of East 13th Place in Ford Heights, according to the statement.
At some point Wade grabbed the man in a chokehold, beat him and threw him to the ground, causing the man to hit his head on the ground, police said. The man suffered serious injuries to his head and was taken to St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights and later to Stroger Hospital.
Wade was arrested a day later and is being held at Cook County Jail in lieu of a $2 million bail. He is due to appear in Markham Branch Court on Aug. 3.Copyright © 2015, CT Now