A man who is facing a first-degree murder charge in a 2017 fatal shooting in Old Town was denied bail on Sunday.
According to Cook County prosecutors, Edward D. Waits, 25, is charged with the murder of 20-year-old H. Feazell after a fight outside a Near North Side apartment complex.
Several people gathered outside the Marshall Field Garden Apartments for a memorial celebration on the night of August 12, 2017, Assistant State’s Attorney Kathleen Conniff said Sunday at Waits’s initial court hearing.
Conniff said Chicago Police and the apartment complex’s security guards provided crowd control and filtered guests in and out of the complex.
Just before midnight, Waits walked towards the west side of the complex, where a fight had broken out between three or four people, including Feazell, on North Hudson Avenue near West Evergreen Avenue, Conniff said. No one had pulled out a weapon during the fight, which was finished by the time Waits got there.
At the point when Waits walked up to the group, he brought out a .40-caliber gun and fired a shot at Feazell, who was standing in the grass after the tension had calmed, Conniff said. The shot missed, so Waits tried to shoot again, but the gun jammed. Waits unjammed the gun and fired a third time, this time hitting Feazell in the chest.
Feazell was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital by paramedics, where he was declared dead, authorities said. He lived in Austin.
After the shooting, Waits kept running back toward the apartment complex, where security refused to let him enter, Conniff said. After failing to hide the gun under a car down the street, Waits got into his own Cadillac with the gun and drove away. As he drove off, an officer took note of the Cadillac’s license plate number, which is registered under Waits’s name.
A witness told officers that Waits was the shooter, and video surveillance showed Waits wearing the same clothes immediately before and after the shooting, Conniff said. Cell phone records also indicated he was in the area when the shooting occurred, and police surveillance cameras showed Waits still wearing the same clothes two hours later near his home on the South Side.
Police records showed that exactly nine months after the incident, Waits was arrested by officers on Friday afternoon outside his home.
Waits had been convicted of illegal gun possession in 2012 and drug possession in 2014 and had been discharged from parole in those cases just 10 days before the shooting occurred, according to Conniff.
Waits will remain in Cook County Jail until his next court appearance on Monday.