by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times
September 18, 2021
CHICAGO — When Nathaniel Butler Sr daughter informed him that her boyfriend had punched her, he took matters into his own hands, according to Chicago police.
Butler Sr. was so enraged that he and his two sons opened fire on the boyfriend’s family on Aug. 1, killing the boyfriend’s brother, 35-year-old Jerome Jenkins, according to CPD. Jenkins’ father also received a graze wound to his hand in the Far South Side shooting.
Butler Sr, Nathaniel Butler Jr., 20, and Maurice Butler, 23, were ordered held without bail Thursday for their alleged roles in the shooting. Judge John F. Lyke Jr. said hearing the allegations again Friday was just as “troubling” as hearing them the first time 24 hours earlier.
Butler Sr. told CPD he was drunk and had taken ecstasy at his grandmother’s house when his daughter came over and told him her boyfriend had hit her, according to prosecutors.
Butler Sr. and his two sons drove to the boyfriend’s home in the 12100 block of South LaSalle Street. CPD said Butler Sr. threw a brick through the window of the boyfriend’s house, prompting all six family members to come outside and investigate. Butler Sr. allegedly opened fire from the street after telling them he had thrown the brick. Butler Sr. also opened fire from the front lawn of the house, where officers discovered four shell casings.
Butler Sr., who was arrested on Thursday, stated that he was present at the time of the shooting yet denied throwing the brick or firing a weapon, claiming that he fled when the gunfire erupted, according to CPD. However, Maurice Butler told police that his father threw the brick and participated in the shooting.
According CPD, Maurice Butler denied being a shooter, and Nathaniel Butler Jr. claimed he was never at the boyfriend’s house, despite the fact that at the time of his arrest, he was carrying a backpack containing one of the pistols used in the attack.
Butler Sr. is scheduled to appear in court again on October 6.