Father, Sons Held Without Bail After Fatal West Pullman Shooting

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

A Chicago father and his two sons each face murder charges after they allegedly fired dozens of shots at another family following an altercation at a home in the West Pullman neighborhood earlier this month.

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A Cook County judge on Friday ordered Nathaniel Butler Sr., 47, to be held without bail following his arrest Thursday in connection to the Aug. 1 killing of 35-year-old Jerome Jenkins. That ruling came a day after Butler’s two sons, Maurice Butler and Nathaniel Butler Jr., were also held without bail.

All three face first-degree murder charges stemming from the fatal shooting of Jenkins.

“The state’s proffer, just like yesterday, is just as troubling today,” Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. said during Friday’s hearing.

According to Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney James Murphy, the shooting occurred after an earlier physical altercation between Butler Sr.’s daughter and her ex-boyfriend at a home in the 12100 block of South LaSalle.

About an hour later, at around 10:30 p.m., Butler Sr. allegedly threw a brick through the front window of the home, which caused the ex-boyfriend and several family members to head outside.

As they did, they saw Butler Sr. and his two sons standing near a parked white SUV, according to Murphy. Butler Sr. indicated he was the one who had thrown the brick and his two sons then immediately opened fire on the family, Murphy said.

Butler Sr. also allegedly shot at the victims.

Jenkins, who was the brother of the ex-boyfriend, was struck once in the head and once in the left thigh. He was later pronounced dead. His father also suffered a graze wound to the hand.

Investigators recovered 26 9 mm shell casings from the scene, which ballistics testing showed had been fired by two different guns, according to Murphy.

Maurice Butler and Nathaniel Butler Jr. were each arrested earlier this week, and Murphy said police recovered a 9 mm handgun from a backpack Butler Jr. had in his possession.

Butler Jr. gave a statement denying any involvement in the shooting. Maurice Butler allegedly told investigators that he was at the scene at the time of the shooting, but he claimed it was his brother who started shooting and his father who had thrown the brick through the window.

Following his arrest Thursday, Butler Sr. said he was intoxicated the night of the shooting and decided to go to the ex-boyfriend’s home after hearing about the physical altercation, according to Murphy. He also allegedly said he did not remember throwing the brick and claimed he ran away when he heard shots being fired.

During Friday's hearing, Murphy said he expects additional attempted murder charges will be filed against the Butlers in this case.

Butler Sr. is due back in court for a hearing Oct. 6.

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