A man charged in a 2011 West Side slaying had threatened the victim's cousin two days before the killing, then gave a gun to someone else to kill the victim because the cousin couldn't be found, prosecutors said today.
Gregory Williams, 26, of the first block of Rusty Way in Nantucket, Mass., was arrested last month in Mississippi in the slaying June 19, 2011, of Edward Jackson, 30, according to police and records. Cook County Criminal Court Judge James Brown ordered Williams held without bail in a hearing midday today, Cook County state's attorney spokeswoman Lisa Gordon said.
Jackson was fatally shot about 5:15 a.m. in the 5700 block of West Potomac Avenue, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office. Williams was charged after being identified as the man who supplied the gun used in Jackson's killing, police said. A no-bond warrant for his arrest was issued Sept. 12, according to court records.
Another man, Melvin Hoskins, was charged with Jackson's murder in August and is being held without bail, according to court records.
Williams had threatened a cousin of Jackson's on about June 17, 2011, using a .40-caliber pistol.
On June 19, 2011, Jackson was standing on Potomac with several other people, talking about Jackson's upcoming birthday party, prosecutors said. Williams, Haskins and a third person went up to the group, and Williams told Jackson that he had a problem with Jackson's cousin.
Jackson replied that he didn't want any trouble, waved goodbye and started walking away west on Potomac, toward Waller Avenue, prosecutors said.
Williams then handed a .40-caliber pistol to Haskins, who went after Jackson and shot him several times in the back, witnesses told investigators. Haskins then ran south toward Division Street, prosecutors said.
Jackson, of the 1300 block of North Massasoit Avenue, just west of where the shooting took place, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was declared dead at 6:08 a.m. the day of his shooting, according to the medical examiner's office.
In the days after the shooting, when someone asked Haskins why he had shot Jackson, Hoskins told the person that Jackson was shot because Hoskins could not catch Jackson's cousin, prosecutors said.
Williams is scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 31, Gordon said.