Joshua Brown, 19, appeared in bond court Saturday, where Judge Ramon Ocasio III ordered him held in lieu of $1 million bail. Brown, of the 7100 block of South Euclid Avenue in Chicago, is charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, burglary and home invasion in the April 24 killing of Dushawn Davis, according to court documents.
Another suspect — Kamal Smith, 20, of the 2300 block of East 79th Street in Chicago — was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, armed robbery and home invasion and is also being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Prosecutors said that in mid-April, Smith and Brown were playing video games and smoking marijuana at Davis’ home in the 7900 block of South Greenwood Avenue when Davis, 20, showed the two other men bank envelopes filled with cash.
Smith and Brown later devised a plan to burglarize Davis' apartment to take his television and the money, prosecutors said. They decided that Smith should not participate in the burglary because he had stolen from Davis’ home before and “it wouldn't be smart to hit the same place twice,” a prosecutor said in court Thursday.
Brown and another man went to Davis’ home a few days later, where Brown demanded Davis’ money, prosecutors said. Davis denied having the cash, prompting the other man to shoot him in the neck, jaw and arm, according to court documents. That man has not been charged.
After Davis was shot, Brown searched the apartment and stole a PlayStation 3 video game system, a laptop, a handgun and a rifle, according to court documents, which do not say whether the men found the cash.
Smith and Brown both admitted to the plot after they were arrested, prosecutors said.