WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) – A preliminary hearing was postponed for five Chicago teenagers charged with murder in a fatal shooting that occurred during an attempted burglary.
Lake County prosecutors asked for the delay Thursday, saying the investigation into the Aug. 13 shooting in Old Mill Creek isn’t complete. A judge rescheduled the hearing for Sept. 19.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Department says its investigation found six teenagers traveled to Old Mill Creek in a stolen SUV to commit a burglary. Authorities say the teenagers allegedly involved in the incident led police on a 50-mile chase to Chicago after a 75-year-old man fatally shot the 14-year-old outside his home. Although none of the five fired a shot, they can be held responsible for the fatality under Illinois law.
Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim said his office will evaluate the case and work for a resolution that is” fair to all parties involved.”