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Woman accused of ordering son, 14, to shoot and kill man will no longer face murder charges

In a surprising turn of events, a woman who was accused of instructing her teenage son to commit murder will no longer be facing charges, thanks to the emergence of new evidence. The development came after a video capturing the moments leading up to the fatal shooting in Chicago surfaced on social media, shedding new light on the altercation involving the trio.

The incident took place at a restaurant in the southwest area of the city. The footage reveals Jeremy Brown engaging in a heated confrontation with Carlishia Hood mere seconds before the tragic shooting occurred. The video was recorded at Maxwell Street Express earlier this month, offering crucial insights into the events that transpired.

According to the Chicago Sheriff’s Department, the unedited video features Brown engaging in an argument with Hood, threatening to knock her out if she uttered another word. The 32-year-old assailant is then seen repeatedly assaulting the mother, and the clip concludes with a sound resembling a gunshot. In the midst of the altercation, he also viciously punched Hood in the head.

Shortly after this altercation, Hood’s 14-year-old son can be observed opening fire inside the restaurant before both individuals hastily depart from the scene. Initially captured by CCTV cameras, local law enforcement confirmed that the woman was engaged in a heated dispute with Brown while waiting in line for food.

Reports suggest that as Hood was queuing at the establishment located at 11656 S. Halsted St., she sent a text message to her son, who coincidentally arrived just as the physical altercation intensified. Initially, Hood faced allegations of orchestrating her young son’s act of violence against Brown. However, these charges have now been dropped in light of the recently uploaded video, according to CBS Chicago’s initial report.

Tragically, Brown succumbed to his injuries, leading to the initial charges of first-degree murder against Hood and her son when they surrendered to the police on June 22. Additionally, the 32-year-old mother was faced with an extra charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Nevertheless, following the video’s release, all of these charges have been dismissed.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office released a statement addressing the situation, explaining, “Based upon the facts, evidence, and the law, we are unable to meet our burden of proof in the prosecution of these cases.”

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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