#26: Man shot victim 5 times, days after being charged in a felony narcotics case, prosecutors say

Jamari Terry appeared in felony bond court on May 7 after police arrested him for allegedly soliciting narcotics sales and possessing between 15 and 100 grams of heroin in West Garfield Park. Judge Barbara Dawkins sent him home on his own recognizance, and Terry showed up for his next court date on May 23.

Three days later, prosecutors say, Terry shot a man five times in the 700 block of South Pulaski, less than a block from where police arrested him in the pending narcotics case.

He is the 26th person accused of killing or shooting—or attempting to kill or shoot—someone in Chicago while on bail for a felony this year. The alleged crimes involved at least 56 victims, 12 of whom died.

Jamari Terry | CPD

On the morning of May 26, around 11:30 a.m., a 29-year-old man arrived for an appointment at a medical clinic in the 700 block of South Pulaski. Prosecutors said that as he walked from the parking lot to the clinic door, he noticed Terry standing nearby and recognized him from a previous visit to the same clinic.

When they crossed paths last year, Terry told the man he would kill him if he ever returned, according to Assistant State’s Attorney LaKeya Duncan.

Duncan said that after entering the clinic in May, the man told a security guard that he was worried about his safety because Terry was outside.

To allay the man’s fears, the security guard agreed to bring his medication outside.

As the guard and the man entered an alley on the side of the clinic, Terry allegedly told the man, “you know what it is,” and began shooting from close range. Police found nine shell casings at the scene.

According to Duncan, five rounds struck the victim in the chest, arm, abdomen, and leg. The victim’s girlfriend, who accompanied him to the clinic, drove him to the hospital. He suffered a collapsed lung, underwent several surgeries, and was hospitalized for a week.

Terry has three juvenile delinquency adjudications, according to Duncan: armed violence in 2019, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in 2019, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle in 2020. He is on juvenile parole for the 2020 case.

Private defense attorney Jayne Ingles said Terry attends high school and manages a veterinary clinic. She argued that the alleged victim was the only person who identified Terry as the shooter.

Judge Susana Ortiz held Terry without bail on charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery by discharging a firearm. She also held him without bail for violating the bond conditions in his pending narcotics case.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others while on bond for a pending felony case. CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “we haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.

The actual number of murders and shootings committed by people on felony bail is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, CPD has brought charges in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data. 

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#1: Man who tried to shoot 3 outside a North Side restaurant on New Year’s Day had a pending felony case, prosecutors say (January 6, 2022)

#2: Felon awaiting trial for 4 sexual assault cases escaped from electronic monitoring and tried to kill investigators who tracked him down, prosecutors say (January 15, 2022)

#3: With felony gun case pending, man shot passerby during “exchange of gunfire,” prosecutors say (January 23, 2022)

#4: Seven-time felon on electronic monitoring for his 4th gun case tried to shoot and kill his girlfriend’s father, prosecutors say (January 26, 2022)

#5: Teen on electronic monitoring for TWO gun cases carjacked a Lyft driver, then shot a 15-year-old at point-blank range, prosecutors say (February 10, 2022)

#6: Man killed nursing student months after going AWOL from felony DUI case, prosecutors say (February 20, 2022)

#7: Man shot and killed his own brother while on bail for a felony gun case, prosecutors say (February 22, 2022)

#8: Beloved Hyde Park bartender was killed by a robber who has 3 pending felony cases, prosecutors said (March 7, 2022)

#9: Man involved in New Year’s shoot-out that left one dead was on bail for his 3rd gun felony, prosecutors say (March 8, 2022)

#10: An 11-time convicted felon shot a 3-year-old and tried to kill the boy’s mother while on felony bail, prosecutors say (March 11, 2022)

#11: Man allegedly stabbed another to death 4 days after getting released on felony bail (March 29, 2022)

#12: He opened fire on his ex’s house, killing a man, prosecutors say. But he was supposed to be home 24/7 for a pending felony gun case. (March 29, 2022)

#13: Man shot a woman, fired toward 4 others, while on bond for being a felon in possession of a firearm, prosecutors say (April 7, 2022)

#14: Man killed his parents in an Uptown senior center while on bond for federal armed robbery and gun charges, prosecutors say (April 14. 2022)

#15: Four-time felon opened fire on a carload of victims, injuring 2 while on bond for felony gun case, prosecutors say (April 20, 2022)

#16: Man shot his ex this month and her boyfriend last month, prosecutors say. He was on felony bail. (April 24, 2022)

#17: Man tried to kill 2 cable TV installers over a missing dog, prosecutors say. He was on bail at the time. (April 30, 2022)

#18: Man escaped from electronic monitoring and ran over a cop in a stolen car while fleeing a murder scene, prosecutors say (May 19, 2022)

#19: A two-time felon circled a West Side neighborhood for 15 minutes looking for someone to kill in a revenge murder, prosecutors say. He was on bond for a gun case at the time. (May 21, 2022)

#20: Alleged mass shooter had a felony gun case pending when he killed 2, wounded 7 near Magnificent Mile, records show (May 22, 2022)

#21: Five months after escaping from electronic monitoring, he helped shoot up a carload of people, injuring 2, prosecutors say (May 29, 2022)

#22: Man accused of setting ‘Walking Man’ on fire has been AWOL from 2 felony cases for 15 months, court records show (May 30, 2022)

#23: Two weeks after being charged with having a stolen rifle in a hijacked car, he allegedly shot a man with a rifle after getting out of a hijacked car (June 11, 2022)

#24: Gunman left a woman paralyzed in River North just 4 weeks after officials sent his felony gun case to a “peace circle,” prosecutors say (June 13, 2022)

#25: Teen acted as murderer’s driver while awaiting trial for carjacking, stolen car cases: prosecutors say (July 6, 2022)

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