Gary man held in death of man a floor below him
Sun-Times Media July 5, 2012 4:36PM
Jamalh Nelson / photo from Chicago Police
Updated: July 5, 2012 10:59PM
CHICAGO — A Gary man is being held on $2 million bond for allegedly firing a gun at the floor that fatally struck a 62-year-old man in bed on the floor below in November.
The Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force’s apprehension section arrested Jamalh Nelson, 32, of the 3900 block of Maryland Street in Gary on Monday and he was later charged with involuntary manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to police News Affairs.
On Tuesday, Nelson was ordered held on $2 million bond, according to the Cook County Sherriff’s website. He will next appear in court July 23, said Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin.
Nelson is accused of killing 62-year-old Dewitt Wright in his Hamilton Park neighborhood home.
Wright was in bed on the first floor of a building in the 600 block of West 60th Street about 9:40 p.m. Nov. 12, 2011, when a bullet fired from a handgun into the floor above him entered his unit and struck him in the shoulder.
Police said Nelson was apparently playing with the gun on the second floor when he fired the shot into the floor that struck Wright.
Wright was initially taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, police said. He died April 12 at Loretto Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.