CHICAGO — A man is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of a transgender woman and the death of her brother last month.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Kortney Darby of Humboldt Park was denied bail in the shooting that took place on Aug. 3 in the 4600 block of West Monroe.
According to the newspaper, the woman, whose name has not been released, and Johnny Parris were on the street. The Sun-Times reported that she was working as a sex worker and sometimes would have her brother near by for protection.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
On the night of the shooting, she was leaning on the hood of their car when Darby allegedly drove by in a silver Dodge pickup and nearly struck her.
He stopped the truck near the woman and shouted. “Get the f—- off my block,” prosecutors said. The woman and Parris yelled back at Darby as he drove off, but did not threaten him.
Darby pulled out a 9-mm handgun, firing it at the two prosecutors said. Parris tried to run, but was hit in his side and collapsed at the scene.
The woman got back into her car as the bullets continued to fly and crawled into the back seat as Darby circled the car and continued firing, prosecutors said.
The woman was struck in the thigh before Darby drove away, authorities said. She and a trauma nurse who was in the area tried to help Parris before paramedics arrived, but he was later pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital. The woman was also hospitalized for her gunshot wound, prosecutors said.Chicago Sun-Times
Darby was identified in a photo lineup. The newspaper reported that his brother thinks it’s a case of mistaken identity. The Sun-Times also reported that he’s a registered sexual predator for a 2000 conviction for kidnapping and sexual assault involving an 18-year-old. He was convicted of kidnapping a second time in 2002 and also has previous convictions for aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, prosecutors said.