Kamari Belmont, 23, was riding in a car less than a mile away from a county jail when an SUV pulled up alongside him, and then a gunman opened fire, striking him in the in torso and back, according to Chicago police.
The SUV crashed, and the suspects managed to flee the scene, police said.
Belmont was shot multiple times, and he died after collapsing in the street, police said.
Belmont was being held on $100,000 bail in a separate robbery case. He was released after a friend posted his bail Monday.
Belmont was charged with murder and robbery in the 2015 shooting death of 40-year-old Sorrell Marshall along with two other men, 23-year-old Terrence Hogans and 21-year-old Khalil Powell, in a pair of robberies that happened within an hour of each other early on May 1, 2015.
Hogans shot one of the victims in their first alleged robbery,Cook County prosecutors said. That victim, 40-year-old North Side man Sorrell Marshall, died three weeks later of complications from his gunshot wounds.
The trio robbed two more people an hour later in the first block of East 21st Street, but police were able to track them down using a mobile tracking application on a cellphone they had stolen from a victim.
As officers approached, Hogans got out of the vehicle with a handgun in his waistband and lunged at one of the officers with a forearm to the chest, authorities said. An officer shot him once in the arm and chest and he ran away, prosecutors said. The other two men were arrested, as was Hogans when he showed up at Mercy Hospital.
Alleged shooter Terrence Hogans [left], and Khalil Powell. Both were charged with Belmont in the 2015 robberies
Kamari Belmont himself was initially charged with attempted murder, and the charges were upgraded to murder a year later.
Prosecutors dropped the murder charges against Belmont Jan. 27, after waiting too long to put him on trial.
A state statute stipulates that, after agreed upon continuances, a person accused of a crime who is still in custody must be brought to trial 120 days after making a demand.
Court records however, show that Belmont made a demand for trial on April 15, 2016. Between May 2015 and January 2017, his attorneys and prosecutors agreed to at least 12 case continuances, records show.Chicago authorities did not explain the delay in filing charges.
After successfully getting charges in the murder case dropped, a judge set bond for Belmont at $100,000 in the second robbery case. He was released Monday night after his friend posted the bond. Shortly after he was fatally shot.
Michael Johnson, Belmont’s attorney, said he doesn’t believe his client’s death was gang-related, but always encouraged him to get out of the neighborhood upon his jail release.
“I told him, once he gets out he’s got to get out of the neighborhood,” he told the newspaper. “Unfortunately this isn’t the first time I’ve seen this.”