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No bail for woman accused of killing man with stray bullet in Washington Park

Andrew D. Owens was on the sidewalk in the 100 block of East 61st Street when Matarimo Houpe opened fire at a passing vehicle and hit him in the head, authorities said.

Chicago police investigate after a man was fatally shot Aug. 14 in the 100 block of East 61st Street.
Chicago police investigate after a man was fatally shot Aug. 14 in the 100 block of East 61st Street.
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Bail was denied Friday to a downstate woman charged with killing a man with a stray bullet in Washington Park on the South Side.

Andrew D. Owens, 30, was on the sidewalk about 8:44 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of East 61st Street when Matarimo Houpe opened fire at a passing vehicle, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Owens was struck in the head and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

An autopsy released Friday ruled Owens’ death a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said. He lived in Washington Park.

Matarimo Houpe arrest photo
Matarimo Houpe
Chicago police

Houpe, 35, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, police said. A weapon was recovered from the scene.

Houpe, who lives in Springfield, was denied bail Friday by Cook County Judge David Navarro, according to county records. She was scheduled to appear in court again on Sept. 4.

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