Man found not guilty of 2014 murder on Chatham porch

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Erick T. Horton | Chicago Police

A 36-year-old man has been released from jail after he was acquitted of a 2014 murder in the South Side Chatham neighborhood.

Erick T. Horton was found not guilty Wednesday after a bench trial before Judge Kenneth J. Wadas, according to Cook County court records.

He had been accused of shooting 22-year-old Nigell Vazquez in the 8600 block of South Ingleside Avenue about 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2014, authorities said.

Vazquez had been standing on a porch when two men walked up and started shooting, Chicago Police said at the time. A witness told police she heard about a dozen shots.

Vazquez, of the 1700 block of East 56th Street, was shot twice in the back, and died about an hour later at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Horton was arrested about six weeks after the incident, and had been held without bond. He was released Wednesday from the Cook County Jail, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

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