A Rock Island County coroner's jury ruled Wednesday the Sept. 7 shooting death of a Rock Island teen was a homicide and a Port Byron woman's death in a November car crash was accidental.
Kion T. Lewis, 17, of Rock Island, was shot while at a residence in the 1000 block of 11th Avenue, Rock Island. Authorities believe he was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire when two groups quarreled over the purchase of a handgun near the residence.
The coroner's jury ruled Wednesday his death was a reckless homicide.
Five people have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Mr. Lewis' death: Andre Marcus Shaw, 28, of 1706 32nd St.; Jodan L. Murphy, 17, of 1035 13th Ave.; Kelvin D. Shaw, 30, of 832 14th 1/2 St., all of Rock Island; Lamont L. Williams, 18, of Moline; and Joseph L. Richardson Jr., 16, address unknown, who is charged as an adult.
In a separate inquest, the Nov. 4 death of Kathleen Buster, 21, of Port Byron, was deemed an accident.
Ms. Buster lost control of her car on a curve in the 5500 block of 230th Street North near Port Byron, according to testimony Wednesday. Ms. Buster was not wearing a seatbelt, and when her car went into a ditch, she was partially thrown from the open driver's side window and fatally injured when the vehicle rolled.
Ms. Buster had a blood-alcohol content of 0.281, according to testimony. Investigators believe she was going at or just under the speed limit of 55 mph when the crash occurred, and weather was not believed to be a factor.
Today is Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.