First-degree murder charges have been dropped against Carlishia Hood and her 14-year-old son in the shooting death of Jeremy Brown on June 18.
Carlishia was in line at a Chicago fast food restaurant, Maxwell Street Express, getting food while her son waited in the car.
Brown entered the establishment and shortly thereafter an argument between the two ensued.
Carlishia began texting and pointing to her son while a witness, who was also in line, was laughing and encouraging Jeremy Brown.
The 14-year-old arrived at the doorway just as Jeremy turned violent and punched Carlishia Hood in the head three times.
That’s when the teen pulled out the firearm and shot Brown in the back.
Jeremy Brown ran out of the restaurant, but the teen followed him and fired more shots as his mother instructed him to continue shooting and to kill him.
Brown was shot twice in the back and later died from his injuries.
Cell phone video of the incident went viral on social media over the weekend.
Carlishia Hood and her son were charged with first-degree murder.
She was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Hood had been ordered held on a $3 million bond after she was charged last week. Her son was charged as a juvenile and was being held without bail.
Carlishia was a valid FOID card and a concealed carry license holder at the time of the incident.
On Monday, all charges were dropped against Carlishia and her son.
In a statement, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office said the decision was “based upon our continued review and in light of emerging evidence.”
“Based upon the facts, evidence, and the law we are unable to meet our burden of proof in the prosecution of these cases,” Foxx’s office added.
It’s unclear if the prosecutor’s office will follow up with lesser charges in Jeremy Brown’s shooting death.
I will keep you updated on this story.
Source: CBS Chicago