A Far South Side man has been charged in the slaying of a 22-year-old man who had recently committed to play basketball at a Division I school, authorities say.
Cinque Lee, 20, of the 11600 block of South Vincennes Avenue, was charged this afternoon with first-degree murder in the slaying of Michael Haynes on July 26, said Cook County state's attorney spokeswoman Tandra Simonton. Lee was taken into custody in the 8100 block of South Loomis Boulevard Tuesday morning after witnesses identified him as the shooter in Haynes' slaying , according to a police report.
Lee was expected to appear in bond court on Thursday, Simonton said.
Haynes was shot in the 11600 block of South Vincennes Avenue--the block where Lee lives and a block from Haynes' home--as he was trying to break up a fight over a necklace.
Haynes, a 6-foot-7 inch forward, was set to play basketball during the 2012-2013 school year for the Iona College Gaels in New Rochelle, N.Y., according to the school.
Haynes played basketball at Washington High School his sophomore and junior years and led the school to consecutive appearances in the city championship game. He didn’t play basketball his senior year at Fenger High School.
Lee has been charged with crimes three times before, but all in misdemeanor cases, and pleaded guilty in one case, to a battery charge, last year. The other charges were dropped.
Haynes’ younger brother, Brian Haynes, has been charged with threatening to shoot four people soon after the slaying.
Brian Haynes, 21, of the 11700 block of South Vincennes Avenue, was arrested on the night of his brother’s shooting after he kicked in a front door of a home and threatened people inside with a gun, authorities said.
Police were investigating whether Brian Haynes was looking for his brother’s killer.
Tribune reporter Liam Ford contributed
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