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Man charged in slaying outside suburban movie theater

Man charged in slaying outside suburban movie theater

William Lee
William LeeContact ReporterChicago Tribune

A barbecue restaurant employee was accused of taking part in an armed robbery outside a suburban movie theater that left a man dead last year.

Torrey Lewis looked skyward inside the courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sunday before shouting ‘I love y’all’ twice to about eight supporters after Judge Sophia Atcherson ordered him held without bail on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges.

Lewis, 24, of the 6100 block of Sunflower Drive, was connected to the July 2017 shooting death of Timothy Horace outside the Marcus Cinema in the 4200 block of West 167 th Street in Country Club Hills.

According to prosecutors, Horace â€" who was confined to a wheelchair â€" was shot multiple times in front of his girlfriend after Lewis and an accomplice are accused of approaching him with guns. Afterward, the robbers tried to take Horace’s car but were unable because they couldn’t operate the vehicle, which was outfitted for a disabled driver, Assistant State’s Attorney John Gnilka told the court. The second robber remains at large.

The pair did manage to steal Horace’s gold Rolex watch and about $2,500 in cash, Gnilka added. Surveillance captured the Jeep the robbers escaped in, and the watch was later found in the vehicle, authorities said.

Authorities later tied it to Lewis, and an arrest warrant was issued for him Aug. 31, according to court documents. Lewis’ private attorney, Scott Sherwin, questioned the single witness statement identifying his client as a robber. He added that Lewis, who worked at Wi lma's Famous BBQ in Dolton, was a father of two young daughters and caregiver for his grandmother who is suffering from cancer.

Lewis’ family declined to comment after the hearing. He is scheduled to return to court Tuesday.

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