By J. Coyden Palmer
A second person has been convicted and sentenced in the murder case of nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was lured into an alley on the South Side and killed, on November 2, 2015. Kevin Edwards pled guilty to being the getaway driver in the case.
Edwards drove alleged gunman Dwright Boone-Doty and suspected mastermind Corey Morgan, to and from Dawes Park, where Lee was tricked into coming into a nearby alley where he was fatally shot.
Edwards will serve 100 percent of a 25-year prison term handed down by a Cook County judge. He will be given credit for the three years he has been locked-up in Cook County Jail. He could have faced the possibility of life in prison. It is not known if he will testify against other suspects in the case.
Last week, Anthony Morgan, the man responsible for acquiring the gun illegally from Arizona, that was used in the murder, was sentenced to four years in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle.
Jury selection has begun for Boone-Doty and Corey Morgan’s case, with opening arguments expected to begin as early as this week. Both men are facing possible life sentences without the possibility of parole. Boone-Doty is reportedly going to be representing himself in the case.
In addition to breaking the story of the connections in the Tyshawn Lee murder case, the Chicago Crusader won 3rd place for the 2016 Ida B. Wells award for Best News Story, from the National Newspaper Publishers Association for publication of the story of Tyshawn Lee’s murder.