Chicago man murdered his friend on Instagram Live, prosecutors say

Edwin Sims (L) and DeAndre Adams | Chicago Police Department; Instagram

Chicago — Prosecutors say a Chicago man shot and killed his friend while the victim was on Instagram Live, then bent over with a gun in his hand to end the live stream.

DeAndre Adams, 25, began streaming on Instagram around 9 a.m. on February 7 and continued while walking to his mother’s house to do laundry. His friend, Edwin Sims, 24, met him at his mother’s house and walked with him back to Adams’ apartment as the live stream continued, according to prosecutor Anne McCord.

Both men were seen in Adams’ bedroom in the 1600 block of East 78th as Adams continued the feed.

Suddenly, the Instagram stream showed Sims firing several shots at Adams from behind, striking him in the back of the head and body, McCord alleged. She said the live feed also captured Sims bending over with a gun in his hand to end the Instagram feed after the murder.

Surveillance video allegedly showed Sims tossing both of Adams’ phones into a trash can inside Adams’ apartment building before he fled the scene.

Chicago police arrested Sims outside his home on Monday. They said they found a loaded handgun equipped with an automatic-fire switch in his waistband. McCord said the weapon was not the one used to kill Adams.

Sims told police that he didn’t kill Adams, but McCord said that Sims admitted to being in Adams’ bedroom wearing the same distinctive sweatshirt as the murderer.

Prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder, unlawful use of a machine gun, and armed robbery with a firearm.

His public defender said he took some business classes at the college level and tries to support his young daughter.

Judge William Fahy granted the state’s motion to hold Sims without bail.

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