By Carlos Sadovi
8:31 PM CDT, September 25, 2013
A second man has been charged with the killing of a South Side man earlier this month after a verbal altercation in which one of the offenders promised to return with a gun.
Charles McKinney, 26, of the 800 block of East 65th Street, was charged with first-degree murder for the Sept. 1 killing of John Wallace, 25.
Wallace was shot dead around 11:30 p.m. in the 6400 block of South Morgan Street in the Englewood neighborhood, police said. He and Victor Willis, who had previously been charged in the slay, had argued while on the porch and Willis left saying: “I’ll be back with my gun,’’ police said.
Willis, 22, of the 5700 block of South Michigan Avenue, was ordered held without bail in the shooting.
Police said McKinney returned with Willis a short time after the initial altercation and fired shots, striking the victim.
Prosecutors said the men and others were told to leave a porch, One of the men left with his girlfriend in a van. But a few minutes later, he came back with Willis in the same van, being driven by his girlfriend, prosecutors previously said.
One of the witnesses was now sitting on a porch across the street and saw Willis, who he knows as “Vic” wearing a red hoodie and holding a handgun with an extended clip as Willis and the the other man exited the van and approached the porch, according to prosecutors.
The victim, who was not involved in the prior altercations and “just happened” to be there at the time, answered the door. When he refused to tell Willis where one of the people were, Willis began firing several shots into the building hitting the victim five times, before entering the home, raising the gun, and still firing, according to prosecutors.
Willis was arrested on Sept. 11 and positively identified as the shooter.
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