Murder charges filed in carjacking attempt

Police: Suspect's record includes carjacking conviction
August 5, 2009 9:47:34 AM PDT
A 24-year-old man will appear in court Wednesday on murder charges stemming from an alleged carjacking attempt earlier this week.A suburban man was killed in the incident early Monday morning.

Roy Longs, 24, was charged with murder late Tuesday. He is expected to be in court at 26th and California for his bond hearing sometime Wednesday morning.

Police say that Longs' botched carjacking turned deadly when 21-year-old Roy White and his girlfriend came into the city from Country Club Hills to visit friends in the Gage Park neighborhood early Monday.

Police say Longs approached White and his 19-year-old girlfriend and told them to give up their car. White refused and tried driving away when, police say, Longs opened fire. White was hit in the head, and shattered glass injured his girlfriend. She is OK. White died at the hospital.

The victim's father had recently bought his son the car for a graduation present. He says his son was planning to enlist in the Navy next month.

"People just don't want to get out here and earn their own keep. They would rather take somebody else's life. It's nonsense," said Roy White Sr., victim's father.

Longs is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of having marijuana. Police say he has already served a three-year conviction for a past carjacking.


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