Man charged with murder of romantic rival

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A man has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting a romantic rival, who was left paralyzed from the waist down for more than a year before dying.

Davis Arna

Davis Arna, 38, is charged with one count of first-degree murder, according to Chicago Police. Judge Adam Bourgeois ordered Arna held without bond in court Wednesday.

According to prosecutors, Maurice Wooden, 51, got into an argument with his live-in girlfriend in their apartment in the 9600 block of South Halsted Street on May 20, 2013.

He left the apartment and returned home later that day and again began arguing with his girlfriend in their bedroom, prosecutors said. He heard a knock on the door and opened it to Arna, who was also involved in a relationship with Wooden’s girlfriend.

Wooden quickly shut the door, but Arna fired four shots into the door and then knocked the door down, on top of Wooden, prosecutors said. Arna fired four more shots at Wooden before running out the back door.

Wooden was shot multiple times in his shoulders, neck and armpit and paralyzed from the waist down, prosecutors said. He identified Arna as the shooter in a photo array, and witnesses identified him as being near the apartment shortly after the shooting.

Wooden died at Kindred Chicago Central Hospital at 5:55 a.m. June 17, more than a year after the shooting, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

An autopsy found Wooden died of complications of multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office. Diabetes and heart disease were also listed as secondary factors.

Arna is next scheduled to appear in court July 29.

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