A Chicago man with a prior murder conviction on his record was charged Sunday in the shooting deaths of three men Tuesday evening.
Curtis Davis, 40, completed a prison sentence for murder four years prior to the triple slaying in Chicago's South Side West Woodlawn neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Killed were Terry Brown, 34; Michael Nowels, 33; and Julius Benford, 29. The three were found around 11:15 p.m. March 27 inside an apartment in the 6300 block of South Evans Avenue. Brown and Nowels were both found dead on the scene, while Benford was transported to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead.
Dozens of bullet casings were found inside the apartment and Nowels' body was found with 33 bullet wounds, the Tribune reports.
Though all three shooting victims have criminal records with drug offenses and narcotics and cash wrapped in plastic were recovered from the apartment, victims' families told the Chicago Sun-Times that the fatal dispute was over a FUBU men's jacket Davis had allegedly given to Brown in a clothing exchange. When Davis later demanded the jacket back, an argument allegedly ensued:
"It just shows you what life means to some people," Brown's grandmother added. "To shoot three people over a jacket."
Davis previously served 18 years of his 40-year prison sentence after he was convicted of the 1989 murder of Harvey Austin, according to the Associated Press. He was released in 2008.
WATCH a prior report on the triple homicide: