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 Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.