Two men were billed with murder along with other felonies Friday within the December attacks on 14 individuals Chicago, together with a man who had been beaten to dying having a crowbar and baseball bat before his 14-year-old daughter because he was hanging Christmas lights on his home.
Pedro Mendiola, 21, of Chicago, and Moises Barrios, 23, of Cicero, were billed with first-degree murder within the dying of Jose Tellez and most 24 counts of armed robbery having a harmful weapon, irritated battery having a harmful weapon, criminal property damage along with other charges.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and Prepare County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx stated in a news conference the 49-year-old Tellez was hanging lights on his home within the Gage Park neighborhood around the city’s Southwest Side the night of 12 ,. 11 once the two suspects attacked.
Another 13 victims survived.
Police stated the violence started around 3:30 p.m. and ongoing until 8 p.m., because they drove in the North Side from the city towards the south Side.
Foxx stated Tellez “was doing what a lot of us used to do and and really should likely to do throughout the holidays, hanging Christmas lights together with his daughter prior to being tragically and senselessly beaten to dying.”
Police stated the 2 opened up, grabbed the bat and crowbar, and rose from the vehicle.
“They made the decision they would target him and take advantage of him too,” stated Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan. “And… the daughter heard the screams and saw the window that which was happening and attempted to obtain her brother to assist but with that time the defendants had already beaten him to dying and fled the scene.”
In a bond hearing later within the day, a prosecutor studying a proffer detailing the crime spree, stated that Tellez’s daughter, after hearing her father scream, saw among the men beat her father within the mind using the bat prior to the two ran away.
Prepare County Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy stated the evidence from the men includes Tellez’s DNA profile around the crowbar and Mendiola’s fingerprints.
Bloodstream evidence and fingerprints were a part of a mountain of evidence that prosecutors say link the 2 towards the crime spree and say that lots of the victims’ personal possessions, including mobile phones, charge cards along with other products were based in the vehicle they were driving.
Prosecutors within the proffer also stated that Barrios accepted he was the motive force from the vehicle but denied his participation within the crimes. Mendiola accepted to detectives he required part, contending it had become Barrios’ concept that he went together with while he needed money for Gifts for his children.
Assistant Public Defender Julie Koehler didn’t dispute the allegations throughout the hearing and she or he didn’t immediately react to a request comment following the hearing.
Throughout the hearing, Prepare County Judge Maryam Ahmad, clearly sounding horrified after hearing the prosecutor detail how victim after victim, selected completely randomly, were attacked because they did such things as walk lower the road, deliver mail and set up Christmas lights.
“A legal court finds no condition could ensure, no condition apart from no bail can make sure the safety from the public…” she stated.
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