Charges Reduced For Teens Connected To Attempted Vehicle Theft That Led To Death Of 14-Year-Old Boy – CBS Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The charges of felony murder are being dropped against five teens accused of an attempted vehicle theft in the northern suburbs that ended in a high speed chase and left a 14-year-old dead.

According to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, an agreement has been reached with the attorneys for the five teens after consideration of the evidence and the wishes of the victim’s family.

All five teens were originally charged as adults. Officials say deputies responded to a home in Old Mill Creed for a report of an attempted vehicle theft around 1:15 a.m. on Aug. 13. The 911 caller and 75-year-old homeowner said he shot at the people attempting to steal his vehicle after he came out on his porch and noticed people in his yard.

Authorities said six teens were in the car — three 17-year-old boys, a 16-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman.

Diamond C. Davis, 18, is charged along with four teenage boys in an incident in which a homeowner shot at a group that was allegedly trying to steal his vehicle in Old Mill Creek. (Credit: Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

The man, who has a valid FOID card and concealed carry permit, was armed with a small revolver and said two of the boys quickly approached him as he stood on his porch, according to Sgt. Chris Covelli, public information officer for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The man said one of the two who approached him had something in his hand.

The homeowner fired several shots, one of which struck the 14-year-old boy. He called 911 immediately following the shooting and requested an ambulance for the 14-year-old who was shot, but all the teens fled the scene in a Lexus reported stolen two days earlier out of Wilmette.

A “Bowie-style” knife was later found at the scene, authorities said.

Shortly after the incident, Gurnee police near Route 132 and Hunt Club Road in Gurnee were investigating a traffic crash when they were approached by the six people in a stolen Lexus SUV. The teens inside told the officers one of them needed medical attention, and a 17-year-old helped the 14-year-old who had been shot out of the vehicle.

As the officers were attending to the 14-year-old, who appeared to be shot in the head, the four teens remaining in the SUV fled.

The 14-year-old later died from his wounds.

Gurnee police, Illinois State Police and Lake County Sherriff’s deputies then pursued the Lexus, resulting in a high speed chase that ended just after 2 a.m. near North Halsted Street and West Randolph Street in Chicago. According to the state’s attorney’s office, the teens only stopped the chase because the vehicle ran out of gas.

The teens later said they didn’t stop because “they didn’t want to go back to jail,” according to the state’s attorney’s office.

The state’s attorney’s office also said a phone with pinned GPS coordinates of other homes in Old Mill Creek was found along with the knife, and the teens admitted they knew they were in a stolen vehicle and came to Lake COunty for the sole purpose of committing burglaries.

Four boys — a 16-year-old and three 17-year-olds — were charged as adults with first-degree murder in the incident late Tuesday. Also charged was one young woman, Diamond C. Davis, 18, authorities said.

Davis is expected to appear in Lake County bond court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, where she will be formally charged with felony conspiracy to commit burglary and a misdemeanor criminal trespass to a motor vehicle. She is expected to waive her preliminary hearing then plead guilty to the two charges next week.

The cases against the other four involved will move to juvenile court, and the charge of felony murder will be dismissed.

According to State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim, the charge of felony murder does fit the crime according to state statue, but he “exercised discretion in this case.”

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