Man indicted in death of teenage girl at Cal City house

2013-04-12T15:47:00Z 2013-04-12T23:45:27Z Man indicted in death of teenage girl at Cal City houseGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
April 12, 2013 3:47 pm  • 

MARKHAM | A Calumet City man learned Friday he was indicted on criminal charges related to the shooting death last month of a Hammond teenager who was visiting her cousin’s house.

Eric Brown, 20, appeared before Associate Judge Darron Bowden at the Cook County 6th District Circuit Court when he learned of the indictment, which charges him with murder, aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm.

A spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said Brown will appear in court again on May 2 for arraignment, at which time his case will be assigned to a trial judge.

Brown originally was scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing, but prosecutors at that time asked for the one-day continuance, which permitted the grand jury to complete its work leading to his indictment.

Brown remains at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, where he is being held in lieu of $10 million bail.

He faces charges for the death of Ashaya Miller, a 15-year-old Hammond resident who was visiting her cousin, Dahnyah Williams, at his house on Ingraham Avenue in Calumet City on the evening of March 17.

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 was treated for his wounds.

Brown was arrested following an investigation by the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force. Officials with the state’s attorney’s office have said the task force found people who said they overheard Brown admit to the shootings as part of a gang-related incident, while also claiming that Miller was not the intended target.

This is not the only criminal case Brown is facing. Prior to his arrest for the shooting incident, he already had charges of burglary and retail theft pending against him from separate incidents.

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