EAST CHICAGO — A plea hearing for an 18-year-old charged in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old has been set for June.

The accused's attorney said “a plea agreement has been lingering out there.”

Sherquell Dion Magee, of East Chicago, was 17 years old when he was charged with murder in the May 5, 2018 shooting of an 11-year-old boy in an East Chicago park.

In February, Magee turned 18 years old.

“I have to help my client make some tough decisions,” defense attorney John Cantrell said of Magee.

In addition to murder, Magee was charged with attempted murder, attempted battery by means of a deadly weapon and using a firearm in commission of offense.

A surveillance video allegedly shows Magee trying to shoot a 14-year-old boy during a fight at Nunez Park. The 14-year-old boy ducked and the bullet struck 11-year-old David Anderson, who was watching the fight, court records state.

A juvenile involved in the incident told police the fight erupted between boys from “Calumet” and the “Harbor,” referring to rival neighborhoods in the city, court reports said.

The fifth-grader suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, where he died a day later.

Anderson was a popular basketball player for the Washington Elementary School Cardinals and wore his No. 1 jersey proudly at every game, sources said.

Cantrell went before a judge in criminal court Tuesday and set a plea hearing date for June 11.


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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.