Bail was denied for a 23-year-old South Side man on parole who is accused of opening fire during a basketball pickup game at an Englewood neighborhood park last summer, killing a man and wounding a teenager.
Calling the defendant, William Stovall, “a danger to the community,” Judge James Brown on Saturday denied him bail for the July 9, 2016 shooting in Ogden Park that killed Glennell Fairley, 21, and wounded of a 15-year-old. Fairley was once chosen to speak alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Los Angeles Lakers superstar Magic Johnson at an event promoting One Summer Chicago in 2015.
Stovall, who Chicago police said was a self identified gang member, faces first-degree murder and aggravated battery charges and faces life in prison if he is convicted, according to prosecutors.
Fugitive trackers with the Great Lakes Regional Task Force arrested Stovall on a warrant Thursday morning in the driveway of a home in south suburban Markham, authorities said. Dressed in a black jacket and black eyeglasses, the 5-foot-4 Stovall said nothing as prosecutors laid out their allegations.
The shooting at the park in the 6500 block of South Racine Avenue was sparked by an altercation between Stovall and the 15-year-old victim, while Fairley played basketball on a court, prosecutors told the court. Stovall had started the incident, but it was broken up by others at the park. Stovall left the court and was seen using a cell phone before returning to the court and starting a quarrel with Fairley, Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Jillian Anselmo said.
During this altercation, Stovall pulled out a handgun and fired into the air, Anselmo said. As the crowd scattered, Stovall fired on Fairley and the teen, striking Fairley six times and the teen in the left bicep, Anselmo said.
Fairley would later die at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, while the teen was treated and released from Holy Cross Hospital.
Fairley, a graduate of Kenwood Academy, had previously worked as a mentor in the One Summer Chicago youth work program and in February 2015, stood alongside Emanuel and Johnson for an event promoting the program. Members of Fairley’s family couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday.
Since June 7, Stovall has been on parole for a 2012 aggravated unlawful use of a weapon conviction, according to prosecutors and state records. His private attorney, Donna Rotunno, said Stovall was a graduate of Hyde Park Academy and a father of one with one child on the way.
Stovall is scheduled to return to court next week.