Not held responsible: Murder charges dropped against Chicago teens in shooting

Chicago teens getting away with murder…

Seems the criminals always get a pass…Their crimes are dropped down and their records will not accurately reflect their criminal past.

Good thing we have those super strict gun control laws in Illinois to help prevent future murders!

From MyFoxChicago: Lake County prosecutors have dropped murder charges that were filed against five Chicago teenagers last month after a member of their group was fatally shot by a homeowner in the north suburbs while they allegedly tried to break into a vehicle.

Diamond Davis, 18; Kendrick Cooper, 17; Stacy Davis, 17; Steven Davis, 17; and Curtis Dawson, 16, will no longer be charged with murder for the death of 14-year-old Jaquan Swopes, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim wrote in a statement.

“The circumstances and facts outlined in my statement support the charge of Felony Murder,” Nerheim wrote. “However, after full consideration of all the evidence, mitigation presented by defense counsel as well as the wishes of the victim’s family, my office has entered into an agreement with defense counsel for the five offenders. This agreement ensures all offenders will be held responsible and face appropriate sentences.”

Davis, 18 (center, top row of the photo), will be charged with a felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary and a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to a vehicle, the state’s attorney’s office said. She is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing in Lake County court on Thursday afternoon and plead guilty to the new charges next week.

The cases against the younger defendants will be moved to juvenile court, prosecutors said. “However, due to strict laws governing juvenile courtroom proceedings, my office is unable to give details regarding the charges involving the juveniles going forward,” Nerheim wrote.

The fatal encounter began about 1:15 a.m. Aug. 13 when the teens allegedly tried to break into a car in the 17600 block of West Edwards Road in Old Mill Creek, Lake County sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said at a news conference the morning of the shooting.

A 75-year-old man told investigators he saw a black Lexus SUV in his driveway and group of people trying to break into or steal his vehicle, Covelli said.

Two of the teens — including Swopes, who held something in his hand — allegedly approached the man as he was standing on his porch, authorities said. The man fired at least three rounds from a revolver, one of which hit Swopes in the head. He was pronounced dead at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

The gunman, who had a valid FOID card and concealed-carry permit, called 911 to report the shooting and request an ambulance, Covelli said. Investigators found a knife at the scene, which they believe one of the suspects had with him.

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William
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William

Yikes. Not exactly the best and the brightest are they. But at least they didn’t appropriate anyone’s culture

Watertender
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A fine looking bunch of future convicts. I would bet big money that by time these pukes are 21 that they are serving time or dead…

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I am confused why would they be charged with murder? The poor young fella who couldn’t keep his thoughts together was not put to pasture by the other 4 misunderstood youths. Those poor teenagers were just trying to go to school and better themselves…

Jackie Puppet
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Illinois has such a law that if someone dies in the commission of a felony, his accomplices can be charged with murder in the event one of ’em was “made good”.

Both Shitcago papers howled that this law was BS.

This wouldn’t happen in the rare event, that if some YT was killed in committing a crime against some black guy!

I’m a little surprised, but glad to see all the perps IDed, since most are juvies.

William
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William

The entity top row center is allegedly female. We shouldn’t judge by appearances but I suspect she is deficient in all of the feminine graces. Just a hunch

Watertender
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Watertender

Damn William! You is RIGHT! Dat be’s a SheBoon!!

Alma
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Alma

“ the teens ALLEGEDLY tried to break into a car”. How awful, they were wrongly charged with murder!!! and teenagers yet! “Them chil’n dondu not’n wrong, they wus plain; the pouliz aways tryn’ to put’m in jail cause the is black! said the grandmother when leaving the Court House.

Alma
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Alma

Them chil’n look soooo inn’cent, don’t they?