Ferris Howard (left) and William Stamps.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 || By Michael Romain || Updated: 9:55 PM
Howard was allegedly involved in a shootout in Maywood in 2011 that resulted in the death of a cabdriver and a wounded bystander
Ferris Howard (pictured left), the man who police found dead of an apparent gunshot wound late yesterday afternoon, had been charged with the shooting death of a cabdriver in 2012.
Howard, 28, was found shot once in the chest on Monday, March 23, 2015, 3:04 PM, at the corner of 10th Avenue and School Street in Maywood. Police say a handgun was found on his person. They rushed him to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:21 PM.
In 2011, Howard, along with William Stamps, 23, both of Maywood, were allegedly involved in a shootout that took the life of a cabdriver and injured a bystander.
“Luis Cordoba, 56, of Melrose Park, […] was sitting in his parked taxi and was struck once in the head,” according to a Chicago Tribune article from 2012.
“He died two days after the shooting, which took place about 12:25 p.m. Nov. 26 near 19th Avenue and St. Charles Road. The other victim was a 68-year-old Maywood woman who was waiting for a bus when she was shot. She survived but still has a bullet lodged near her spine that surgeons could not remove, according to Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Kathleen Van Kampen.
“Van Kampen told Ginex that, on the day of the shooting, Stamps had run into an adversary at a barber shop near the intersection. After the man left the barber shop, Stamps and Howard began shooting at him from down the street. The man returned fire. At least 16 shots were exchanged, Van Kampen said. No charges were filed against the other man, according to Maywood Police Chief Tim Curry.
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“Howard was on parole for an unlawful use of a weapon conviction. He also has a criminal record that includes convictions for possession of a controlled substance, aggravated fleeing and battery, records show. Stamps was previously convicted of driving under the influence,” the Tribune article notes.
The next year, the two men were charged with “two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, and two counts of aggravated battery by firearm,” the paper notes.
“Cook County Judge Gregory Ginex on Friday ordered the men each held on $1.5 million cash bond, meaning they would have to post the full amount to be released from jail before trial,” according to the Tribune.
But the men were apparently released after prosecutors couldn’t find sufficient evidence for the charges to stick, said Maywood police chief Valdimir Talley.
“In criminal matters, you have to prove beyond reasonable doubt,” he said, adding that a witness to the murder may have been captured by state police–but evidently failed to produce testimony that would have kept the men behind bars. VFP
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Howard was found by police at 3:30 PM, instead of 3:02 PM. This post has since been updated.