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Suspect is indicted in shooting death at Orland Square Mall

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By Dermot Connolly

Jakharr Williams, 20, has been indicted for first-degree murder and attemptedfirst-degree murder, and several other charges related to the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man in Orland Square Mall on Jan. 21.

Williams, of University Village, had been in custody since Jan. 23, when he was arrested without incident by members of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force on a street in Matteson.

Police had been searching for him since he fled the mall after allegedly shooting Javon Britten multiple times in the chest near the food court. Britten, of Richton Park, was a senior at Rich Central High School. He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn shortly after what was described as an isolated incident.

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In his first court appearance before Judge John Mahoney on Jan. 25, while Orland Park police and the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force continued their investigation, Williams was held without bond on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Now, in addition to the murder charges, he was indicted last Friday on charges of aggravated battery, armed habitual criminal, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of weapon by a felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm. His next court appearance in Bridgeview is scheduled for Feb. 20.

Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy noted that Williams already had two felony convictions — including robbery — for which he was on parole at the time of the shooting.

“There is nothing happy about this case, considering that one man lost his life and another is facing charges that could put him behind bars for most of his. But we are pleased that we could conclude our investigation, which was quite detailed, and turn our findings over to the state’s attorney’s office to decide the charges,” said McCarthy on Tuesday.

“We think the all charges are appropriate in the case, considering theseriousness of what happened. It was bad enough that a person was killed, and asecond person, a bystander was hit too, and suffered minor injuries. But firing a gun in the mall could have been a lot worse,” said the chief.

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