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Man Accused in Orland Park Mall Slaying Charged with Murder

This photo provided by the Orland Park Police Department shows Jakharr Williams of University Park. Police identified Williams as the suspect in the fatal shooting of a teen at Orland Square Mall on Jan. 21, 2019.  (AP Photo / Orland Park Police Department)This photo provided by the Orland Park Police Department shows Jakharr Williams of University Park. Police identified Williams as the suspect in the fatal shooting of a teen at Orland Square Mall on Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo / Orland Park Police Department)

ORLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — A 20-year-old man already charged in connection with a deadly shooting at a Chicago-area mall now faces murder and other charges.

Authorities say Jakharr Williams was indicted Friday by a grand jury on murder, attempted murder, battery and other charges stemming from the Jan. 21 shooting at Orland Square Mall that left 18-year-old Javon Britten dead. Williams’ arrest warrant carried a homicide charge but he initially was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Defense attorney David Sotomayor says he hasn't seen evidence, including surveillance videos.

Police have said Britten was shot in the center of the mall and ran before collapsing outside of a clothing store. A bystander suffered a graze wound.

Williams, who is being held without bond, has a hearing scheduled for Feb. 20.


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