#13: Man shot 3 people outside Chicago bar while on felony pretrial release

Marshone Copeland (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have charged a Chicago man with shooting three people at a South Side bar in April while he was on pretrial release for a felony driving case. Marshone Copeland, 52, is the 13th person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone this year while on pretrial release. He is the third to be charged while on release under the SAFE-T Act’s cashless bail system.

Copeland got into an argument with a 53-year-old man outside Odyssey II, 211 East Garfield, around 11:38 p.m. on April 5, officials said. During the altercation, Copeland allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the other man multiple times. Two other people were also shot, according to court records that detail the allegations.

Prosecutors said the man Copeland argued with was shot five times and lost a kidney as a result of the shooting. Another victim suffered a shattered thigh bone, officials said.

Copeland, a six-time convicted felon, stopped showing up for court dates in his pending felony case after the shooting, according to court records. A judge issued an arrest warrant for him on April 24 when he failed to appear in court. He remained at large until police arrested him in the shooting case.

In the pending case, he is accused of driving on a revoked license with multiple previous convictions.

He is charged with attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in the shooting case. Judge Mary Marubio detained him at the state’s request.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others on pretrial release for a felony allegation. CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “We haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.

On September 18, 2023, the state of Illinois eliminated cash bail entirely. Our “not horrible” continues.

The actual number of murders and shootings committed by people awaiting trial for felony allegations is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, CPD has brought charges in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data.

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