Trial Begins in Grisly 2015 Shooting of 9-Year-Old Tyshawn Lee - NBC Chicago

Trial Begins in Grisly 2015 Shooting of 9-Year-Old Tyshawn Lee

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    Opening Statements Kick Off Tyshawn Lee Trial

     Opening statements began Tuesday in the murder trial for two men accused of killing 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee execution-style in Chicago in what prosecutors allege all began over a gang war. NBC 5's Kate Chappell has the story.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019)

    Note: A live feed from inside the courtroom will be available in the video player above beginning at around 11 a.m.

    The murder trial begins Tuesday for two men charged with the killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, whose shooting death shook Chicago to its core four years earlier.

    Tyshawn was a fourth-grader who was playing basketball in November 2015 when prosecutors say he was lured away from the playground with the promise of a juice box, only to be shot at close range in an alley, his basketball found just feet away.

    Authorities allege Dwright Boone-Doty was the gunman and say Corey Morgan planned the killing to retaliate against Tyshawn's father for a shooting that killed Morgan's brother and wounded his mother.

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    The third man accused in the shooting, alleged getaway driver Kevin Edwards, pleaded guilty earlier this month in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence.

    Prosecutors say Boone-Doty, who's representing himself in the trial, lured Tyshawn into an alley near 80th Street and Damen Avenue before shooting him multiple times as Morgan watched from a nearby SUV.

    During the trial, jurors are expected to learn about how the gun used led to the arrest of the two men, and will hear frmo witnesses who were near the scene as well as Boone-Doty's alleged confession, captured on undercover recordings to another inmate at Cook County Jail.

    The trial is a double-jury trial, meaning Boone-Doty and Morgan will be tried together but before separate juries, with witnesses testifying only once and each jury only considering evidence as it pertains to the individual defendant.

    Opening statements in the trial were expected to begin at around 11 a.m. CST.

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