A 22-year-old man charged with the execution-style killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was secretly recorded while in jail, giving investigators the key information they needed to charge Dwright Doty with the grisly gang-retaliation killings of the boy and the separate shooting death of a 19-year-old woman, according to a law enforcement source.
Doty, who police said was the trigger man in the boy’s killing, was already in Cook County Jail on unrelated gun charges when investigators got help from an inmate who recorded conversations with Doty. Police say Doty lured Tyshawn from a playground and executed him in a Chicago alley last year. Doty was formally charged with first degree murder late Monday.
Interim Superintendent John Escalante declined to comment to reporters on Tuesday about how police developed the information against Doty. But a law enforcement official who was not authorized to comment on the investigation told USA TODAY that the information was developed with the help of an inmate who secretly recorded the conversations in which Doty made the comments implicating himself.
Escalante said that the boy was targeted because his father, Pierre Stokes, was a ranking member of a rival gang to the one Doty belonged.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said that Doty lured Tyshawn from a nearby park with the promise to buy him something from a nearby store.
She added that Doty has said that he was working on a rap song about killing Tyshawn, and that Doty and his accomplices had originally planned to torture the boy before killing him. But in the end, Doty shot the boy in the head and left him dead in an alley, Alvarez said.
Police previously arrested and charged Corey Morgan, of Lansing, Ill., with first degree murder for Tyshawn’s death in November, and said they suspected two other men were involved in the shooting. At the time of Morgan’s arrest, police named one of those suspects as 25-year-old Kevin Edwards but did not reveal any details about Doty. Police on Tuesday said they continue to search for Edwards.
“This was a targeted assassination by Dwright Doty, Kevin Edwards and Corey Morgan,” Escalante said. “These are calculated killers whose action define the words brutality and cowardice.”
Alvarez said Tyshawn was murdered in retaliation for the killing of Morgan’s brother, 25-year-old Tracey Morgan, and the wounding of their mother in October. The two had just left a gang call-in meeting, which called by police to try to rein in a boiling feud between rival gangs on the city’s South Side, when someone opened fired on them.
Source: USA Today | Aamer Madhani