MARKHAM | Attorneys for a 20-year-old man facing criminal charges in connection with the shooting death of a Hammond teenager entered a not guilty plea Thursday on his behalf.
Eric A. Brown, of Calumet City, had his criminal case assigned to Cook County Associate Judge Brian K. Flaherty, who after hearing Brown’s plea scheduled a status hearing in the case for June 18, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
Brown is charged with murder, aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm, and remains at the Cook County Jail in Chicago with bail set at $10 million. He also faces charges of burglary and retail theft for separate incidents.
The charges are related to a March 17 incident in which Ashaya Miller, a 15-year-old Hammond resident, was shot to death. She was visiting her cousin, Dahnyah Williams, at his house in Ingraham Avenue in Calumet City.
Police said at the time of Brown’s arrest that Miller and Williams were sitting in the kitchen when bullets came through an open window. Miller was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, while Williams survived his wounds.
Officials with the state’s attorney’s office have said the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force found people who said they overheard Brown admit to the shootings as part of a gang-related incident, while also saying that Miller was not the intended target.