Prosecutors: Otis Harriel fatally shot Martavian Emery for directing daughter to home where she was beaten, robbed

Otis Harriel / Photo from Chicago Police
Otis Harriel / Photo from Chicago Police

Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

A 47-year-old father fatally shot a man who allegedly directed his daughter to a Back of the Yards home, where she was beaten and robbed at gunpoint in April 2014, prosecutors said.

Martavian Emery and his 20-sister were walking to a restaurant on April 25, 2014, when Otis Harriel‘s daughter asked Emery where she could buy marijuana, said Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Karr.

Emery directed Harriel’s daughter to a house in the 5400 block of South Winchester Avenue, where she was pistol whipped and robbed at gunpoint, Karr said.

Early the next day, Harriel confronted Emery for information about the robbery and threatened those responsible, Karr said.

A witness saw a gun inside Harriel’s hooded sweatshirt, and Emery and the witness entered the home where the robbery happened, Karr said.

A short time later, shots were fired through a window of the home, prosecutors said. Police said Harriel was standing in the rear of the residence when he fired shots into the second floor.

Emery, 21, was inside the kitchen area of a home and was shot in the chest and died at the scene, authorities said.

A 20-year-old woman sleeping in a bedroom was shot in the left knee and treated at Mount Sinai Hospital, authorities said.

Harriel was arrested May 26, 2014, and had a .38 caliber gun in his possession, authorities said. Ballistics tests confirmed the bullets recovered from Emery were fired by that gun, Karr said.

Martavian Emery / Photo from Facebook

Martavian Emery / Photo from Facebook

The witness identified Harriel in a lineup, and he was charged Thursday with murder and aggravated battery, authorities said.

Harriel, 47, of the 1400 block of South Canal Street, was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 1989, manufacturing or delivery of cocaine in 1990, burglary in 1999, possession of a controlled substance in 2011 and has a pending armed habitual criminal charge, according to court records.

Harriel receives social security checks and has mental health issues, according to his defense attorney.

Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered Harriel held without bond during a Friday court hearing.

You are a danger,” Bourgeois said to Harriel.

Harriel will be back in court March 18.

— Contributing: Rummana Hussain

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