Frank Butler / Photo from Chicago Police
BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor
Bradford, 26, was walking on a sidewalk in the 1600 block of West 59th Street when Butler and an acquaintance came off a nearby porch and began chasing him about 9:15 p.m. Aug. 27, 2013, authorities said.
Both men opened fire on Bradford, who was shot in the back of the head, said Assistant State’s Attorney Akash Vyas.
Bradford, of the 5700 block of South Hermitage Avenue, was declared dead about an hour later at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Three witnesses saw Butler and his acquaintance chasing Bradford and identified them in a photo array, Vyas said.
Butler, 26, of the 8200 block of South Sangamon Street, was arrested arrested him about 6 p.m. Saturday in the 7700 block of South Ashland Avenue and charged with first-degree murder, police said.
Butler has lived in Chicago his entire life, graduated Tilden Career Community Academy High School and is a certified truck driver who operates his own truck, according to his public defender.
Butler has an 8-year-old girl, a 1-year-old son and his fiance is pregnant with his third child, his public defender said.
Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered him held on $900,000 bond during a Monday court appearance. He will be back in court April 6.