Chicago — Prosecutors charged a Minnesota man with murder on Saturday for allegedly killing a rival gang member he randomly encountered at the Greyhound bus terminal in Chicago on October 24.
Rodnee Miller, 26, was arrested earlier this month in Alabama, and authorities recently extradited him to Chicago to face charges.
Miller arrived in Chicago on a Greyhound bus from Minneapolis shortly before the killing, prosecutor Mike Bagnowski said during a bail hearing Saturday afternoon.
He grabbed his suitcase, then made a phone call from a payphone inside the bus station. Bagnowski said surveillance video showed Miller touching a pane of glass as he spoke on the phone. Police recovered a palm print from the glass and allegedly matched it to Miller.
At one point, Miller left his suitcase unattended while he went outside, pulled a handgun from his pocket, and killed Duwon Gaddis, 30, who was standing on the sidewalk outside the terminal, Bagnowski said.
Gaddis worked for a taxi company and had stepped out of his vehicle moments before he was killed. Chicago police officials previously said Gaddis worked for Greyhound.
Miller allegedly changed clothing after the murder and ditched a backpack and some clothing before leaving the scene in a car driven by his father.
Bagnowski said Miller’s father and sister recognized him in surveillance images from the bus terminal.
But private defense attorney Michael Clancy argued that there does not appear to be continuous video linking Miller directly to the shooting. He said surveillance images released to the public by Chicago police show men wearing different clothing, and, in his opinion, the men look like different people.
After weighing the attorneys’ presentations, Judge Susana Ortiz ordered Miller held without bail.