$1M Bail For Man Charged With Murder of Simeon Football Player

Charges filed in the death of Michael Flournoy III, shot to death in April

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    A man charged in the shooting death of a Simeon Career Academy sophomore football player was ordered held Thursday on $1 million bail.

    Kenneth K. Jackson, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, murder during commission of a felony and mob action, all felonies, in connection with the death of 16-year-old Michael Flournoy III, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

    Flournoy, who lived in the 8000 block of South Evans Avenue, was shot just before 8 p.m. April 5 in the 1000 block of East 93rd Street and died at the scene, authorities said.

    Prosecutors said Jackson walked to the store with his daughter. He claimed Flourney made comments to his daughter, so Jackson left the store, prosecutors said, and returned with two friends with guns.

    The three men beat up Flourney, prosecutors said, then shot him in the head while he was on the ground. 

    Jackson has two prior felonies, for unlawful possession in 2011 and drug possession in 2009. He has five children.

    Flournoy's grandfather, Samuel Woods, said Flournoy was on his way to pick up chips at a store on 93rd Street in the Burnside neighborhood when he got into a fight with some other boys.

    “They jumped on him,” Woods said. “Beat him up. And then they shot him in the face.”

    Michael played defensive back and wide receiver on the sophomore football team at Simeon.

    “He was a great kid, always helping people out. He was a very soft-spoken young man, you would have to tell him to speak up just to hear him talk. Just a good kid,” Simeon football coach Dante Culbreath said of Michael.

    Jackson is expected back in court on Aug. 12.
     

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