Murder charges for man held in home invasion

Jermalle Brown

Charges have been upgraded to murder for a 19-year-old accused of home invasion in a July 25 incident on the South Side that left one of his fellow attackers dead, police said.

Jermalle Brown, 19, of the 7100 block of South East End Avenue was charged with murder in the accidental shooting death of Douglas Bufford, 16, police said.

Brown was already in custody because he’d been charged only with committing a home invasion, police said. He had appeared in bond court July 28 and was being held in lieu of $250,000, according to jail records.

Brown did not appear Saturday in court.

Police said that about 9:45 p.m. July 25, four or five males forced their way into a home on the 1400 block of East 73rd Street in the Grand Crossing neighborhood and announced a robbery.

One of a group accidentally shot a fellow attacker, identified as Bufford, in the back of the head with a shotgun, police said. The homeowner wasn’t injured, according to authorities.

In addition to Brown, a 16-year-old was also charged but his name was not available. It was not clear who the shooter was.

An autopsy July 30 determined Bufford died of a shotgun wound to the head, according to the Cook County medical examiner‘s office. Bufford was pronounced dead July 29 at 1:55 p.m. atJohn H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, the medical examiner’s office said.

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