Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office recently told Crain’s reporter Greg Hinz that it could not identify the people on electronic monitoring for murder or attempted murder in the city — or the judges who put them on EM — because the mayor’s office didn’t have access to court files.
So, CWBChicago reviewed the court files. Here’s part five of our report about who the defendants are, what prosecutors accused them of doing, and which judges ordered them to go onto electronic monitoring if they posted bail.
We decided to look only at cases involving crimes alleged to have occurred in the city by defendants who were placed on electronic monitoring within the past year, regardless of when the crime occurred. That’s 35 cases. We use the defendants’ initials for domestic incidents to protect the victims’ identities.
It is not clear why Lightfoot has decided to focus on these individuals rather than people accused of similar charges who have are on bond without electronic monitoring.
Kenderic Artis, 23, Attempted First-Degree Murder
Kenderic Artis is accused of shooting a 20-year-old man during a fight between two groups outside a River North bar in June 2020. The groups briefly went their separate ways, but the feud reconstituted a few minutes later.
Artis, who allegedly told police that he thought he saw the victim reach into his waistband for a gun, drew his own weapon and shot the victim five times, prosecutors said — three times in his legs and twice in the shoulder. As the victim limped away, Artis allegedly fired his gun again.
Courtney Smallwood, a public defender assigned to represent Artis during the bond hearing, said Artis was acting in self-defense.
Judge Mary Marubio held Artis without bail at his initial hearing on June 29, 2020. Last July, Judge Erica Reddick, the acting presiding judge of the criminal division, reversed Artis’ no-bail hold and sent the case back to the trial court judge for bail setting.
Judge Arthur Hill set bail at $50,000 with electronic monitoring six days later. Artis’ $5,000 bail deposit was posted the same day, according to court records.
Marquez Haggard, 26, First-Degree Murder
Marquez Haggard allegedly severed an artery in his romantic partner’s arm during an altercation over whether they would invite a third person to join them for sex in Uptown on January 9, 2021.
The alleged victim, Dandre Tatum, never regained consciousness after suffering severe blood loss, and he died on January 23 after care was withdrawn, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said.
Murphy said Tatum became upset when Haggard started looking for a third person to join them for sex and tried to leave Haggard’s apartment. But Haggard struggled with Tatum, pulling on his arm and clothes to make him stay, according to Murphy.
Tatum struck Haggard to get away, and the confrontation moved to a parking area behind Haggard’s apartment where Haggard pulled out a box cutter and stabbed Tatum in the right arm, Murphy said.
Haggard then called 911, said he stabbed an intruder in his apartment, and said the man was running down a nearby alley, Murphy said. Several people flagged down responding officers to direct them to Tatum, who was unconscious and bleeding heavily from his arm on the steps of a home.
Prosecutors initially charged Haggard with aggravated battery, and Judge Charles Beach set his bail at $5,000, which required a $500 deposit to go home. But Beach increased the bail to $150,000 and added electronic monitoring as a condition of bail after Tatum died and prosecutors filed first-degree murder charges, court records show. Haggard went home on electronic monitoring a few days later.
“There’s a difference between an act between two people who know each other and are in a relationship that perhaps becomes heated and between an individual and an anonymous person on the street,” Beach said.
Tyrone Murray, 29, First-Degree Murder
Prosecutors aren’t accusing Tyrone Murray of killing 21-year-old Jamil Williamson at a Humboldt Park gas station in August 2020. But he is charged with first-degree murder in the case because he allegedly helped the killer escape and set the getaway car on fire.
According to the allegations, a masked gunman shot Williamson as he sat in a car at the Shell station, 901 North Pulaski, then sped away in a stolen car. A passenger in Williamson’s car was also shot but survived.
Murray blocked traffic with a van so the killer’s car could get out of the area and he then followed behind the gunman’s vehicle, prosecutors said.
Detectives linked Murray to the torching of the killer’s car through a series of video recordings, according to prosecutors.
Murray, who was on bail for a felony drug case at the time, allegedly told police he thought he was going to be a lookout for a gang-related robbery, but he didn’t know his accomplice would shoot Williamson.
Judge Susana Ortiz set bail at $500,000 with EM as a bail condition. According to court records, his 10% deposit bond was posted almost a year later, on August 21, 2021.
Tyree Belfield, 22, First-Degree Murder
On the afternoon of February 8, 2021, Tysean Thomas had a bag of pot on his lap as he and two friends smoked up in a car on the 900 block of South May, according to prosecutors. That’s when Tyree Belfield walked up to the car and pulled out a gun while another gunman stood nearby, according to prosecutors.
Thomas threw his bag of weed at Belfield, grabbed the barrel of Belfield’s gun, and tried to drive away, prosecutors said. Several shots were fired, striking Thomas in the chest and head. His car crashed and he died that afternoon.
Prosecutors said a witness and video linked Belfield to the shooting, but defense attorneys said the surveillance footage did not show the gunman’s face.
Judge Arthur Willis set Belfield’s bail at $250,000 with electronic monitoring on March 27, 2021. According to bail records, Belfield went home two weeks later upon posting 10% of that amount.
Dejuan Doby, 45, Attempted First-Degree Murder
Prosecutors said Dejuan Doby, a student at East-West University, stabbed another student during an argument in a classroom on the school’s Loop campus in April 2019. According to the initial allegations, Doby stabbed his 20-year-old classmate in the back with a knife during biology class, leaving the victim in critical condition.
The victim’s condition stabilized.
Judge David Navarro set Doby’s bail at $7,000 with electronic monitoring, and Doby went home by posting a $700 deposit.
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- Who are the accused murderers on electronic monitoring in Chicago? Take a look. Part 3. (January 14, 2022)
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