A man was ordered held today in lieu of $900,000 bail, charged with plotting to kill a man he thought was responsible for the murder of his brother in May.
Tyrone "Bay-Bay" Kirkman, 27, of the 3800 block of West Lexington Street, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder in revenge of his brother's death, prosecutors said.
His brother, Tevin Kirkman, 22, was shot five times on May 24 at his home on the 1100 block of North Lawndale Avenue in the city's Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said.
He suffered three wounds to his head and two to his body and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where was pronounced dead a short time later, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
At his brother's funeral, Tyrone Kirkman showed someone a .357 revolver and said "it's not going to stay this way, and someone was going to pay for the death of his brother," according to prosecutors.
Kirkman believed his brother's slaying was over turf for drug territory between the Kirkman family and another family who the Tribune is not naming because they have not been charged with a crime. Specifically, Kirkman wanted to target an individual he thought shot his brother, and told others he had tried to kill the man before but was unsuccessful, prosecutors said.
According to court documents, Kirkman had to return the weapon he had at the funeral and told others he needed to borrow a gun to carry out the revenge murder. He said he wanted to borrow a gun with 16 rounds so he could personally kill the person who killed his brother.
He thought if he killed that man, who he told witnesses was at the top of the drug family responsible for his brother's death, he would "weaken the body," prosecutors said.
On June 11, an undercover officer captured Kirkman on video surveillance and audio taking a gun he was going to use in the revenge killing, according to a court document.
When Kirkman took the gun, officers approached and arrested him, prosecutors said.