Indictment against a teenage boy in connection with the death of a 7-year-old. A second charge against her teen was dropped


A Cook County judge on Thursday said a 19-year-old man accused of shooting a 7-year-old boy at his West Side home shortly after prosecutors dropped murder charges against a second youth in connection with the death. gave an order to .

West Garfield Park neighborhood resident Joseph Serrano, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder in the October 26 murder of Akeem Briscoe. A 16-year-old boy was charged Monday with first-degree murder as a juvenile, police said.

Akeem Briscoe, 7, and her cousin Alivia Dembry, 6, are in a recent photo taken after Akeem's father's funeral. Hakeem was shot dead on October 26, 2022 when a bullet entered his home at Block 2600 on West Potomac Avenue in Chicago.

Cook County prosecutors said Hakeem was shot in the abdomen around 8:15 p.m. at his home on the 2600 block of West Potomac Avenue while he was brushing his teeth before going to bed.

Serrano and two others, including the boy, were after a car parked behind Hakeem’s townhouse with four people inside, according to prosecutors. These individuals are believed to be responsible for previous shootings involving members of the Campbell Boys Gang, and new shootings act as retaliation, Assistant State Attorney Michael Pecara told the court. Told.

Serrano and one of his accomplices allegedly fired a total of 16 shots into the vehicle from separate 40-caliber pistols but missed the occupants, Pecara said. One of the targets returned fire.

Authorities said one of the bullets entered Akeem’s home through a window and hit him in the back.

Authorities said video footage showed the three suspects heading to the scene of the shooting and then fleeing. Before the shooting, the liquor store’s camera captured the shooter’s face, Pekara said.

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Serrano was a senior in high school, worked part-time, and helped raise six siblings after her mother died of cancer last year. The attorney asked the judge to deny the prosecution’s request, pointing out that no one had identified Serrano as the shooter and that the case was largely circumstantial.

Towards the end of the 25-minute hearing, Judge Barbara Lynette Dawkins referred to a “thorough” investigation by law enforcement. It tracked the suspect using multiple surveillance camera footage and traced social media records received through a court order approving the state’s denial request. deposit. She also spoke of the authorities’ “massive amount of circumstantial evidence” against Serrano.

Ahead of Serrano’s hearing, prosecutors dropped the murder charges against an 18-year-old man linked to the same shooting without explanation. According to court records, the felony charges were approved by Chicago Police Department Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan. In rare cases, a police officer may file a felony charge against a defendant without approval by the felony review division of state attorneys.

A spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department declined to comment on the charges, which have been dropped, referring to the Cook County State Attorney’s Office.

Serrano is scheduled to return to court next Friday.

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