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Man Charged in Tank Johnson Case

December 29, 2006

CHICAGO (AP) _ A 34-year-old man was charged Thursday in the shooting death of the friend and bodyguard of Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson at a nightclub.

Michael Selvie of Chicago was charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Willie B. Posey during an early morning fight Dec. 16, state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said. Selvie is due to appear in bond court Friday.

Defense attorney Jayne Ingles declined comment on whether Selvie was at Ice Bar, a club in the city’s trendy River North neighborhood, the night of the shooting, but said Selvie does not know Posey and does not own or carry a gun.

``He had nothing to do with this at all,″ Ingles said outside a city police station.

Selvie’s mother and friends, who stood with Ingles, declined comment. The attorney said Selvie sought her Tuesday after learning police were looking for him.

Johnson and Posey had gone to the bar less than 48 hours after Johnson was charged with six counts of possession of a firearm without a gun owner identification card when police found six guns in a raid on his home. Posey, who also was living there, was arrested on felony drug charges.

The Dec. 14 arrest was the third in 18 months for Johnson, who publicly apologized the next day and got a warning from general manager Jerry Angelo before going to the bar that night. Johnson was inactive for the game against Tampa Bay that weekend.

The Bears then suspended Johnson for last Sunday’s game against Detroit for going to the club.

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