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Still no word on charges in fatal Waukegan shooting
By Russell Lissau | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 11/17/2008 4:08 PM

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More than a month after a Waukegan store clerk fatally shot a fleeing robber, it's still not known whether charges will be filed.

"We haven't completed our investigation yet," Lake County State's Attorney Michael J. Waller said Monday.

Waller expects his staff will reach a decision "within a couple weeks."

Twenty-year-old Brandon Starks was shot to death Oct. 13 outside People's Market, 901 8th St. The North Chicago resident had just robbed the store at gunpoint and was riding away on a bicycle when the clerk shot him twice, authorities said.

The clerk, whose name has not been released by police, did not have a valid firearm owners identification card and therefore was not legally allowed to use a gun, authorities said.

Additionally, some legal experts have questioned whether the clerk's deadly actions were covered by laws governing self-defense.

A decision on possible criminal charges initially was expected within a week of the shooting.

Waller said last week his staff was awaiting reports from police. But Waukegan police spokesman Cmdr. Wayne Walles said the case was turned over to prosecutors weeks ago.

Walles declined to say whether police have requested charges be filed.

"The police department has investigated the case ... and sent it to the state's attorney for review," Walles said.

Even so, Walles said police involvement in the case isn't over. Officers continue searching for a man believed to have helped Starks before the shooting but who did not enter the store.

That suspect was described as being in his late teens or early 20s, tall and thin.

Not only is the unidentified person a suspect, he could be a witness to the shooting, Walles said.

Anyone with information can call police (847) 599-2947.