Jonylah Watkins: A Stolen Video Game Was More Important Than This Baby’s Life

(Hat tip to Rippa over at The Intersection of Madness and Reality.)

Koman Willis, 33, has been charged with murdering six-month-old Jonylah Watkins, the daughter of the man he truly wished to kill or maim.  The heat was on from the get-go, but he was forced to turn himself in on the evidence (Courtesy: DNAInfoChicago)

Koman Willis, 33, has been charged with shooting six-month-old Jonylah Watkins, the daughter of the man he truly wished to kill or maim. The heat was on from the get-go, but he was forced to turn himself in on the evidence (Courtesy: DNAInfoChicago)

I saw the news yesterday afternoon. Sure enough, it was Jonathan Watkins who set in motion the events that led to his little daughter’s death, but it was over a burglary and not drugs, according to the Chicago cops.   From DNA Info Chicago:

The murder of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins was in retaliation for a stolen video game system, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said at a news conference Monday.

Koman Willis, 33, was charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in the baby’s slaying, police said. Willis is a documented gang member with 38 prior arrests, according to cops.

Willis turned himself in over the weekend but declined to provide a statement, police said.

“He knew we were out looking for him,” McCarthy said.

Police said Jonylah’s father, Jonathan Watkins, robbed Willis of a video game system prior to the shooting, which prompted the attack in which he and his daughter were shot.

Jonathan Watkins, not Jonylah, was the intended target to the fatal shooting, police said.

No weapon has been recovered, but McCarthy said witness accounts corroborated the evidence police had recovered. Pictures of the shooter’s van leaving the scene also contributed to what police said is the evidence that finally pinned Willis.

If anything, like The Chicago Tribune said, Watkins sold the game for money.

[…]The animosity began after a game system was taken from Willis’ Chatham apartment and sold to someone else in the neighborhood, according to law enforcement sources.

When the new owner hooked up the system at home, he saw it belonged to Willis, a fairly well-known figure in the neighborhood and a convicted felon with more than three dozen arrests dating to 1996.  Not wanting any trouble, the new owner returned the game console to Willis and told him the nickname of the person he bought it from, one of the sources said. Willis then figured out that person was Watkins, the source said.

Willis began questioning people about Watkins, and a short time later he opened fire on Watkins’ minivan as he sat with Jonylah in the front seat, police said. Willis then escaped in a blue conversion van spotted on surveillance video near the scene, according to authorities.

I also think that in the hours and days after the tragedy, Jonathan Watkins was probably overcome by what had happened.  Had he not been so larcenous, his baby might be alive right now, but he didn’t want to go to jail over it.   He didn’t want to think that it was his fault. No doubt, Willis opened fire on the “respect” issue as well, but frankly, he could have gone off and attempted murder on anyone who might have stepped on his corns.  Bangers can be firecrackers. And idiots.  They have no respect for anyone’s life, much less their own.

I also think the cops always knew who might have done it, they just wanted corroboration from Watkins.   But the po-po are not to be trusted. To fink on a gang member over something you did?  Double trouble.  But Watkins had help that he didn’t know that he had.

Investigators were able to track down acquaintances of Willis who have been stopped on the street by police with him at some point to aid in the case, a law enforcement source said. One of those acquaintances, who is on probation, told investigators last week that Willis spoke to him about how he shot Jonylah and her father, the source said.

Word had gotten back last week to Willis that investigators were putting pressure on his acquaintances, according to the source, before his lawyer agreed to turn Willis in to Area Central police headquarters on Saturday.

Willis is appearing in bond court today; the Watkins family will be making a statement today as well.  Willis is not going to be bonded out; he is not going to be let out that easily with his previous record.  Plus, now the murder of an infant who could be anybody’s baby child?  Ain’t no way:

[…] His lengthy criminal record includes aggravated assault of a police officer from a 2002 incident in which he was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, a 2007 conviction for drugs for which he was sentenced to one year in prison, and a conviction for a 2005 drug charge for which he received a year in prison. He also has a 1998 weapons charge for which he received probation.

Watkins’ name showed up on a gang database that the cops now use to track possible suspects, including Willis, but the cops said that Watkins has no current gang affiliations while Willis is known in the neighborhood as a banger.   Too well known.  In case some people may be breathing a sigh of relief, understand that there is not just one Willis type, but many.

Watkins is keeping his nose clean these days.  The murder of Jonylah has shocked him into sameness.  Says Pastor Corey Brooks, who buried Jonylah out of his church, Watkins now has a job and is working on completing his G.E.D.

You idiot.  Why couldn’t you have done that a year ago?

What a waste.

~ by blksista on May 28, 2013.

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