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Chicago man charged with killing youth coach in Highway 169 shooting

A Facebook Live broadcast helped track him down.
Jamal Smith

A Chicago man accused of fatally shooting a youth baseball coach on Highway 169 in Plymouth is now formally charged with the crime. 

Jamal L. Smith, 33, was charged Friday evening in a Hennepin County court with second-degree murder, nearly two months after the incident — in which 56-year-old Jay Boughton died of a gunshot wound after what authorities called a "traffic altercation."

Boughton's 15-year-old son was with him in the car at the time. The killing spurred a search for the suspect as well as the vehicle he was in, a light-colored SUV. Smith was ultimately arrested in Decatur, Illinois, on August 24, authorities announced Friday. 

Per the criminal charges, he was tracked down with the help of a Facebook Live video — recorded prior to the shooting – which shows him with a gun that matches the one used in the crime. 

The video shows that there were other people in the vehicle with him at the time. It's not clear yet if those individuals are facing legal consequences over the incident, though Smith was has also been charged with one count of aiding an offender in addition to second-degree murder. 

As for the SUV that was used in the crime, the charges indicate it was a stolen rental car. 

"This was one of the most tragic events I've witnessed in my 20 years of policing," Plymouth Police Chief Erik Fadden said during a news conference following the shooting, calling it a "truly senseless act."

Boughton, a father of two, was coming home from a baseball game when it happened. He was an assistant coach with the Armstrong Cooper Youth Baseball Association, which is based in Crystal. 

Following the shooting, the community has rallied around Boughton's family, hosting fundraisers and launching a GoFundMe page on their behalf. 

The GoFundMe has so far raised over $85,000 of its $100,000 goal. 

"The love for Jay and the Boughton family in the community has been obvious through these efforts and the many messages I have seen, which are only a fraction of the outpouring from within and outside our community," Dale Bjerke, ACYBA president, said in an email in July. 

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