Police Charge Man in 10-Year-Old's Death

A 19-year-old man was charged Tuesday in the killing of a young girl who was hit by stray bullets during a birthday party, authorities said.

Moses Phillips was charged with first-degree murder in Saturday's fatal shooting of Siretha White, who was attending the party for her and her cousin at her aunt's South Side home, authorities said.

Phillips was shooting at three people who were on the home's porch when the 10-year-old girl was struck, said Cook County state's attorney spokeswoman Marcy Jensen.

On Monday, Phillips and another man were charged with attempted murder for a shooting earlier the same day involving the same people who were on the porch, Jensen said.

A judge denied bond for Phillips on Tuesday afternoon.

Phillips' attorney, Sam Adam Jr., said all the witnesses who've placed Phillips at the scene are his rivals.

"It's my belief he was simply placed there by rival gang members who simply have an ax to grind," Adam said. "It was not Moses who did this."

The shooting took place just blocks from where a stray bullet from an AK-47 killed a 14-year-old honor student March 3 as she got ready for school at her home.