Suspect charged with murder for fatal shooting of William Smith in alley near his South Loop home

William C. Smith was found dead in a South Loop alley Sunday morning, and a South Side man has been charged with his murder.

Robert Burgess | Chicago Police

Robert Burgess | Chicago Police

Smith, 45, was found at 10:04 a.m. in an alley in the 1800 block of South Michigan with a gunshot wound to the head, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Smith, of the 1900 block of South Indiana, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:19 a.m.

A witness told investigators they had heard an argument and then a single shot, police said.

Robert Burgess, 56, has been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting, police announced Tuesday.

Burgess, who lives in the 6200 block of South Kimbark, was arrested at 10:20 p.m. Sunday in the 5100 block of South Wentworth after he was identified as the shooter, police said.

He was expected to appear in bond court Tuesday.

—Chicago Sun-Times

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