Charges dropped against teen involved in fatal stabbing
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org May 14, 2013 9:44AM
A 17-year-old man has been charged with fatally stabbing a 19-year-old man Monday evening at S&T Food Mart as seen Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Joliet. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 16, 2013 6:16AM
JOLIET — Prosecutors say a 17-year-old was acting in self-defense Monday night when he fatally stabbed a 19-year-old man who had jumped him twice before.
Tyree S. Crawford was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery in the death of Jericho T. Parker. But prosecutors later dropped the charges.
“After reviewing the case, there is insufficient evidence to move forward with the charges,” Will County State’s Attorney’s spokesman Charles B. Pelkie said Tuesday afternoon. “This appears to be a case of self-defense.”
Molly Crawford said Parker had been picking on her son and punched him on two occasions Monday. Around 7:19 p.m. Tyree Crawford walked to S&T Foods, 124 S. Richards St., where he is employed and encountered Parker in the parking lot.
Cmdr. Brian Benton said bystanders instigated another fight between the pair, but the unarmed Parker was stabbed once in the left side of his chest with a knife Crawford was carrying.
Parker was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center and pronounced dead in the emergency room at 8 p.m.
Detectives “received varying degrees of cooperation” from people in the crowd who had witnessed the stabbing, Benton said. Surveillance video from the convenience store showed some of the confrontation between Parker and Crawford and some of the witnesses recording videos of the fight on their cell phones, Benton said.
While investigators reviewed the different videos and interviewed four witnesses at the station, Crawford came in on his own to give a statement and was arrested. He was held in the county jail until his bond hearing Tuesday afternoon when the charges were dismissed.
“Thank you,” he told Judge Roger Rickmon.
“I’m incredibly relieved...my son was defending himself,” Molly Crawford said outside the courtroom.
According to reports, Parker was arrested for auto theft in 2011. Crawford has no criminal record.