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No bail in shooting death of friend who tried to make peace

(MCT) - Bail has been denied for an 18-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a friend who tried to make peace with him after the two got into an argument in south suburban Calumet City.

Noah Wilburn of the 1300 block of Imperial Avenue is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Brandon Wilborn, who lived in the 800 block of 163rd Street where the shooting occurred, prosecutors said. The two men were not related, prosecutors said in court.

Prosecutors allege that Wilburn was standing outside on Friday when the victim arrived with two other friends. Wilburn and the victim had previously been involved in an argument and the victim attempted to make peace with him.

But Wilburn punched the man and a fight started. When it ended, the victim tried to make peace yet again, prosecutors said.

Wilburn refused his attempts and the victim got in a car and left the scene. When the victim drove off, Wilburn retrieved a .38-caliber gun and asked a friend that was on the scene to hold it. The victim returned a short while later, shirtless and unarmed, and Wilburn walked up to him and shot him in the groin area and stomach, said prosecutors.

The victim fell and Wilburn shot him a third time in the back. Wilburn fled the scene, but police picked arrested him at his home, said prosecutors.

The victim was taken St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond where he was pronounced dead, according to the Lake County, Ind. coroner's office.

Several witnesses identified Wilburn as the shooter.

Wilburn's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 17.

(c)2013 the Chicago Tribune
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