CHICAGO — At the age of 16, Devon Holly has faced more serious criminal allegations than most adults. He served time in the juvenile detention center for attempted murder in 2021.
While on parole for that case, prosecutors charged him with possessing a stolen motor vehicle. They dropped the case on January 25.
And, just six days later, still on parole for attempted murder, Devon Holly allegedly stabbed and killed a man who was lured to a South Side apartment complex with the promise of completing an online sale of gym shoes.
Davion Borders, 18, agreed to meet Holly’s sister in the 700 block of East 60th Street to buy a pair of shoes around 4:45 p.m. on January 31, prosecutors said in a proffer provided by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
The sister met Borders in the lobby, and they took an elevator to the fourth floor. During the ride, a witness heard the sister ask Borders if he had the money, and he confirmed that he did, the proffer said.
As the elevator doors opened, Holly, wearing a ski mask, allegedly confronted Borders and demanded the money. Holly grabbed Borders’ phone and demanded his password as the witness ran to their apartment to call building managers, prosecutors said.
During a struggle with Borders, Holly pulled out a knife and stabbed the 18-year-old throughout his body, according to prosecutors. The fatal strike may have been a stab wound to Borders’ heart. Prosecutors said police found the 6-inch serrated steak knife blade embedded in Borders’ body.
Witnesses directed Chicago police officers to a 17th-floor apartment. Cops saw blood on the apartment door and in the hallway, according to the proffer. Inside, they found Holly hiding under bedsheets with fresh cuts on his hands, blood on his shoes, and Borders’ phone in his possession, officials said.
Investigators also found the broken handle of a knife in the apartment, along with Borders’ backpack and a pair of shoes that were offered for sale, according to the proffer.
Prosecutors charged Holly with two counts of first-degree murder and armed robbery. No charges have been announced against his sister or another person who allegedly witnessed the robbery and fled with the siblings to the 17th-floor apartment.
Judge Kelly McCarthy granted the state’s petition to detain Holly as a safety threat. In detailing her reasons for granting the request, McCarthy pointed to Holly’s criminal background and the fact that he was under the supervision of the juvenile parole authority when the murder allegedly occurred.
If she put him on electronic monitoring, McCarthy noted, Holly could “lure another victim to his home and attack them.”
He’s due in court again on February 21.