Man charged with expressway shooting less than a year after being acquitted in another shooting case

Tayvon Powe (Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

CHICAGO — Two years ago, the Sun-Times wrote a story about Tayvon Green-Powe, but it wasn’t for anything good.

Prosecutors were accusing him of participating in a New Year’s Day shootout that left his friend dead. Powe wasn’t charged with killing anyone personally. But, until the SAFE-T Act passed, he could have faced murder charges anyway under an accountability theory in Illinois law.

“If this was prior to July of [2021] when the change in the law that went into effect, this defendant would be facing first degree murder charges,” a prosecutor said during Powe’s bail hearing, according to the newspaper.

Prosecutors cited video evidence, eyewitness accounts, and cellphone data as they charged him with shooting at an occupied vehicle and an occupied building and illegal gun possession. He denied any involvement, and Judge Diana Kenworthy ultimately acquitted him of all charges last August after a bench trial, according to court records.

Now, less than a year after being cleared in that case, he’s charged with two counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors say he shot a man this week following a crash on a South Side expressway.

Powe, 25, was driving a red Chevy Impala northbound on I-57 near 111th Street when he crashed into the back end of a Toyota RAV4 around 10 p.m. on Monday, June 3, officials said.

The 49-year-old driver of the RAV4 stepped out of his car and walked back to ask Green for insurance information, a CPD report said. But the man backed away when he saw Powe reach under his seat and pull out a gun, according to the report.

Powe fired about six shots, striking the other driver twice in the leg and sending three bullets into the man’s RAV4, the report said. A 47-year-old woman in the RAV4 was not injured.

Illinois State Police arrested Powe in Harvey the next day. Judge William Fahy detained Powe at the state’s request.

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