A Morgan Park man who dressed up as a meter inspector and then went to the home of a man and allegedly shot him to death was ordered held without bail on Tuesday.
Willie Bell didn’t know the victim, 48-year-old Timothy Lawrence. But Bell had found out that they both had been dating the same woman, which prosecutors said led to Bell taking Lawrence’s life.
Cook County Judge James Brown called Bell’s actions “cold, calculated and preplanned.”
Chicago Police had released surveillance footage of a man they now say is Bell outside Lawrence’s residence two days before the home exploded last year. Once firefighters extinguished the flames, Lawrence’s badly burned body was discovered with a single gunshot wound to the head, Assistant State’s Attorney Bryan Grissman said.
Just days before, on Sept. 5, 2015, Bell was seen on surveillance footage at a Home Depot purchasing a reflective workman’s vest and workman’s helmet, Grissman said.
A week later, Bell showed up at Lawrence’s doorstep, in the 10800 block of South Morgan, with the helmet and vest, Grissman said. But now, the helmet had the words “Meter Inspector” written on it.
Surveillance footage shows Bell walking around the house, checking on things and then being allowed inside by Lawrence, Grissman said.
Once inside, Bell allegedly shot Lawrence. When he walked out an hour later, Bell, now wearing a shirt that read “I’m that dude,” was seen with a bandaged hand walking into Lawrence’s Buick LeSabre, Grissman said.
Bell’s Facebook account has pictures of him wearing the shirt that says, “I’m that Dude,” Grissman said.
Source: Chicago SunTimes