Charge upgraded to murder for man accused of shooting Corey Strothers Jr., who died 8 months later

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Swonn Herron | Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Swonn Herron | Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.

Charges were upgraded against a South Side man a few months after Corey Strothers Jr., the teenage boy he’s accused of shooting in Englewood, died.

Strothers was only 15 in December 2015 when Swonn Herron put a bullet in his neck in the 5900 block of South Princeton Avenue, Cook County prosecutors said in court Tuesday.

The boy, who had since turned 16, died on Aug. 26 from complications related to that injury, Assistant State’s Attorney Holly Grosshans said.

Herron, now 23, was initially charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm after two witnesses identified him as the shooter, Grosshans said. He was ordered held on a $750,000 bond in early January.

Now that Strothers is dead, Herron, a reputed member of the Black P-Stones, is facing first-degree murder charges.

On the day of the shooting, as Strothers stood outside with family and friends, Herron got out of a black SUV that someone else was driving, pointed a handgun at the teenager, and told him not to move, Grosshans said.

Herron shot once and then got back into the SUV, which drove away, Grosshans said.

Those who were with Strothers eventually flagged down police, but Herron was gone, Grosshans said.

Strothers was placed on life support at Stroger Hospital, Grosshans said. He then went to an area rehab center before he was taken to a children’s hospita.

On Tuesday, Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered Herron, of the 5000 block of South May, held without bond.

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