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Keith Watley

CHICAGO — An East Chicago man allegedly ran over a mechanic at a South Side auto shop during an argument over $100.

Keith Watley, 29, of East Chicago was charged with first-degree murder, according to the Chicago Police Department, after the mechanic died from injuries at the scene. 

After his arrest, Watley told police the argument with the victim was over $100 and that he "kind of snapped,” NBC Chicago reported.

At 3:14 p.m. Monday, Watley was arrested at the 8600 block of South Lafayette Street in Chicago. Numerous witnesses told police they saw Watley intentionally hit a man with his car near the AutoZone at the 200 block of West 87th Street, fatally injuring the victim.

The day before the alleged murder, Watley got into an argument about owed money with the mechanic, 22-year-old Carlos Posadas, according to NBC Chicago's report.

Surveillance footage showed Posadas was working on a vehicle when Watley  got into his Ford pickup truck and drove in the parking lot for several feet, NBC reported.

Watley was seen in the video footage turning his truck toward Posadas, who was kneeling down at the wheel well of the car he was working on.

In court, prosecutors said Watley stopped momentarily and then accelerated toward the victim, NBC Chicago reported.

Watley then sped toward Posadas, pinning him between the front end of the truck and the passenger side of the other car.

After Watley struck the mechanic, he drove his truck over Posadas' body, causing further injury.

Chicago police said Watley then sped away from the scene, drove to a nearby O'Reilly's Auto Parts shop and hid in back of the business.

Watley is being held in Cook County Jail without bond, NBC Chicago reported.


Breaking News/Crime Reporter

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.