17-year-old boy charged with 2013 murder in Englewood

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A 17-year-old boy was ordered held Thursday after being charged with fatally shooting a man on his South Side Englewood neighborhood porch nearly three years ago.

The boy was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder, according to Chicago Police.

About 8:45 p.m. on July 16, 2013, the teen shot 20-year-old Devonte Pearson on his porch in the 5700 block of South Carpenter, then ran away, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Pearson was shot in the back and died three days later at Stroger Hospital at 1:50 p.m. July 19, 2013, authorities said.

The 17-year-old was with a group of about 15 people gathered on Pearson’s porch at the time of the shooting, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Pearson and someone else came outside of the home and asked the group to leave, and an argument ensued, prosecutors said.

A witness heard one person say, “We’re not here to shoot, but to fight,” prosecutors said. Then, another person said, “We don’t fight, we shoot.”

The witness then heard four or five gunshots, and found Pearson lying on the porch bleeding, prosecutors said.

Detectives performed a photo array with two witnesses in July 2015 and the 17-year-old was positively identified as the shooter, prosecutors said.

He appeared in juvenile court Thursday and was ordered held in custody, the state’s attorney’s office said. He is next scheduled to appear in court July 14.

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