A judge denied bail for a 73-year-old man charged with murder after fatally shooting his son during a fight earlier this month at their Northwest Side home, authorities said.
Tiny Tim Gilbert appeared in court earlier this week, where a judge set the no-bail order, according to the Cook County sheriff's office.
Brian Burgos-Lopez, 24, of the Whipple Street address, was fatally shot about 10:50 a.m. Nov. 15 by his father during a physical altercation, according to Perez.
An autopsy Nov. 16 determined Lopez, who was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center within an hour of the shooting, died of a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
According to prosecutors, Burgos-Lopez was sitting at a kitchen table at the home he shared with Gilbert and Gilbert's girlfriend when Gilbert and his son began arguing. As the argument escalated, Gilbert began hitting Burgos-Lopez in the back with his cane, prosecutors said.
Burgos-Lopez did not fight back and remained sitting at the table as Gilbert became more upset and then walked to his bedroom. Gilbert returned with a loaded .38 caliber revolver and tapped Burgos-Lopez in the head three times with the muzzle of the gun.
As Burgos-Lopez remained seated, Gilbert stepped back and yelled, "You son of a [expletive]" before pulling the trigger and firing a single shot into his son's head.
After hearing the gunshot, Gilbert's girlfriend walked into the kitchen where Gilbert told her, "I lost it and shot the kid," according to prosecutors.
A person who was seated in a front room witnessed the shooting, prosecutors said. After the shooting, Gilbert ordered the witness to leave. Prosecutors said that the witness never noticed the victim with a gun and the son never acted aggressively toward his father.
Records show Gilbert was found guilty of felony burglary in November of 1988 and was sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The victim was a ward of the state whom Gilbert had custody of for many years, according to Perez.