Chicago murder suspect released on technicality, shot to death within the hour

Chicago murder suspect released on technicality, shot to death within the hour
Kamari Belmont (Image: (Image: Chicago Police)

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is blaming her predecessor, Anita Alvarez, for an “error” that led to a man charged with murder being acquitted and released from Cook County Jail — only to be shot to death within an hour of his walking out.

It’s not unusual for a former jail inmate to be killed not long after getting released, but Belmont survived less than an hour. [Emphasis added]

Jail officials said Belmont, 23, was released around 11:12 p.m. Monday, and Chicago Police said someone in a white SUV opened fire on Belmont around 11:43 p.m. Belmont collapsed in the street in the 3300 block of South California Avenue — less than a mile from the jail — and was pronounced dead shortly before midnight. No one was in custody for the shooting as of Wednesday night, according to police.

Belmont’s lawyer, Michael Johnson, said Wednesday he had told his client he had caught an incredibly lucky break when prosecutors missed a deadline to take Belmont to trial on a first-degree murder charge stemming from a 2015 robbery attempt.

A spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Foxx, who was sworn in Dec. 1, said an “error” occurred in the handling of the case under the administration of Foxx’s predecessor, Alvarez.

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