“Armed habitual criminal” shot a man while free on $1,000 bond, prosecutors say

Carnell Morris | CPD

Monday, after a weekend in which 52 people were shot and 10 were killed in Chicago, the police department’s top spokesperson shared some even more depressing information via Twitter:

“As of this afternoon, 11 of the 19 individuals arrested on gun charges over the weekend by #ChicagoPolice are already out on the street. 7 of the individuals were previously convicted felons and 6 had prior gun offenses in their backgrounds.”

Anthony Guglielmi’s revelation that gun offenders were being sent right back onto the streets is not news to CWBChicago readers, of course. 

To further illustrate his point, CWBChicago this week will profile recent cases in which accused gun offenders received low bails…and many went on to commit new violent crimes.
A repeat violent felon charged last summer with being an armed habitual criminal went free by posting a $1,000 bail bond and then shot a man while awaiting trial, according to allegations laid out in Cook County Court records.

Last June 4th, cops pulled up behind Carnell Morris’ car as it sat double-parked in the 1800 block of South Central Park. Officer say they saw an open bottle of liquor in the car and subsequently found a loaded handgun hidden inside an unlocked compartment under the passenger seat.

Morris, 43, told arresting officers “whatever you found in that car is mine,” cops later recalled in a report.

Morris, who prosecutors said has a previous gun conviction and multiple forcible felony convictions, was charged with one count of Class X felony armed habitual criminal.

Judge John Lyke set bail at $10,000. Morris posted a 10% deposit bond and went on electronic monitoring to await trial.

On Jan. 9th, Morris was arrested again. Prosecutors say that he shot a 51-year-old man earlier the same day.

Prosecutors charged him with attempted murder and Class X felony aggravated battery by firearm.

He’s being held without bail this time.

Jeccorey Duncan was arrested with a gun two years ago on the Mag Mile. | CPD; Google

Bonus Item

Jecorrey Duncan Jr, who’s on probation for carrying a loaded handgun on the Magnificent Mile in July 2017 is back in jail after police say they found him with a loaded gun in the Austin neighborhood.

It all started around 12:30 a.m. on July 8, 2017, when cops stopped a group of men outside the Drake Hotel at 961 North Michigan after seeing one of the guys toss a plastic bottle at a passing vehicle, according to court records.

As officers approached the group, Duncan broke away from the rest and tried to hide his backpack behind a nearby flower planter, cops said.

Thinking that was odd, an officer asked Duncan if he had anything in the bag that he shouldn’t have.

His answer, reportedly captured on the officer’s body camera: “I have a gun!”

Not only did cops retrieve a 9-millimeter handgun with five live rounds from Duncan’s backpack, but they also pulled out a black ski mask, dark clothing, and a Ziploc bag stuffed with surgical gloves, officers said.

Last October, Duncan entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and two years of “first offender probation” by Judge William Timothy O’Brien.

Last week, Duncan was arrested again. Police say they found the 21-year-old in possession of a loaded handgun in the 1700 block of North Linder on the West Side. Prosecutors charged him with one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

Duncan was ordered held without bail on a probation violation. Bail for the new weapon charge was set at $5,000.

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