Oak Park man arrested for '08 Chicago murder

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By BILL DWYER

First reported 7/20/2009 12:27 p.m.

A 21-year-old Oak Park man was arrested Friday night by Chicago police and charged with the murder of a Hillside man.

Jonathan Wills, of the 1150 block of Highland Avenue, was arrested at his home around 11 p.m. July 17 by Chicago Police Area 5 officers. Sunday he was formally charged with first-degree murder, as well as parole violation. He was in bond court on Monday.

Chicago police say Evergreen Park resident Donovan Morris-Beverly, 16, was a junior at Hillside Academy in Hillside when he returned to his old neighborhood Sept. 20 to visit friends. Morris-Beverly reportedly got into an argument with Wills on the 1300 block of N. Kildare. Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Gabrielle Lesniak said others broke up the argument, but that Wills then pulled out a handgun and shot the boy multiple times.

Oak Park Police Commander Len Jorgensen said his department was notified last fall that Chicago police and U.S. marshals were looking for Wills. He said Oak Park officers visited the house several times, but were "assured he wasn't there" by Wills' relatives.

Wills attended Oak Park and River Forest High School but did not graduate. He was sentenced to four years in prison October 2006 on narcotics and weapons convictions.

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