Suspect in Starkesia Reed death in court

December 2, 2008 3:06:05 PM PST
Almost two and a half years after a student was killed by a stray bullet in her own home, the alleged gunman goes on trial. Carail Weeks is accused of firing the shot that sent a bullet through the wall of a South Side home, killing Starkesia Reed, 14, as she got ready for school.

On March 3, 2006, Reed was shot in the front living room of her home in the 6700 block of South Honoree. The 14-year-old honor student was killed instantly by a stray bullet.

At the trial, the Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jim Papa said Weeks fired an assault weapon at two drug dealers that morning. He said Weeks is guilty of first-degree murder in the case.

Week's attorney, Kristina Wi, said in opening statements that the two witnesses for the prosecution are gangbangers who did not go to police willingly. She said the weapon was not found in Week's possession and there is no DNA evidence linking it to her client.

"This case isn't about who bought the gun. This case is about who pulled the trigger," said Wi.

Reed's sister, Armica Reed, testified Tuesday morning that she was getting her younger siblings ready for school when she heard shots and found her sister on the floor of the front room. She testified "I tried to stop the bleeding, but it was through. Her head was in a pool of blood."

A witness who reportedly told prosecutors he did not want to testify said he saw Weeks get out of a green car with a gun.

" I turned and ran and heard shots," said Juarez Merchant. Under cross-examination, he said that the person with the gun put up a hoodie and he actually turned his back to run before the shots were fired.


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