A man suspected in the 2011 killing of another man with whom he allegedly sold drugs was ordered held today on $1 million bail, prosecutors said.
Sylvester Tatum, 33, of the 5400 block of West Thomas Street, appeared in bond court today before Circuit Court Judge Donald Panarese Jr. charged with first-degree murder.
Tatum is charged with the fatal shooting of Levi Stubblefield, 34, of Berwyn on Nov. 5, 2011, according to police and prosecutors. The shooting happened on the 300 block of North Pine Street in a vacant apartment the two used as a "safe house," prosecutors said in court.
While Tatum and Stubblefield had been friends and had sold drugs together, their relationship had soured after a group of men had beaten Tatum three days earlier, prosecutors said.
Stubblefield fled as the men approached them, leaving Tatum alone. The men then beat Tatum because of reasons related to their drug-selling activities, prosecutors said.
On Nov. 5, witnesses saw Tatum and Stubblefield arguing outside of the apartment building on Pine Street managed by Tatum's mother, who also lived in the building, prosecutors said.
Within minutes of the two men walking into the building, a witness heard gunshots, prosecutors said. Stubblefield was found dead with 10 gunshot wounds.
Officials said Tatum admitted shooting Stubblefield to another person because he believed Stubblefield had set up the beating and was also angry when he fled and did not stay to help defend him.
Police said Tatum had been a suspect in the shooting and was arrested on Saturday morning after police were told that he was a driving a white taxi cab near Grand and Cicero Avenues on the West Side. Police then spotted a cab matching the description in the parking lot of a car wash at Grand and Cicero.
Tatum was then arrested.
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