MARKHAM | Three suspects learned Wednesday they have been indicted by a grand jury for a Christmas Day shooting that left a pregnant Calumet City teenage girl dead.
Diante Coakley, 21, and Darius Marshall, 19, along with 16-year-old Anthony Lee – all of Dolton – appeared before Cook County Associate Judge Darron Bowden for a preliminary hearing.
But that was pre-empted when the Cook County state’s attorney’s office announced all three had been indicted. All three will appear in court again for arraignment Feb. 11.
All three had faced charges of murder and attempted murder. The indictment now charges each of them with multiple counts of murder, attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
Bond was denied earlier this month for all three defendants, who are half-brothers. Because of his age, Lee is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago while his criminal case is pending, but he is charged as an adult.
Marshall and Coakley were returned earlier this month to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Both were on parole for unrelated charges at the time of the shooting, and are now at the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill completing those sentences while their new charges are pending.
Lee was the boyfriend of Eva Casara, 17, of Calumet City, who was shot in the head on Christmas Day and died one day later. She was 5 1/2 months pregnant at the time of the shooting. The baby survived but her current condition is unknown.
Dolton police have said Casara was with the three when they intended to try to rob a man alleged to be a drug dealer. Casara and Coakley are believed by police to have got into the dealer’s car at 152nd Street and Dorchester Avenue but Coakley was told to get out.
Coakley got out of the car, but the driver pulled away before Casara could exit. Police said Coakley fired gunshots at the car as it sped away, and Casara was struck in the back of the head.
Her wounded body was left a few blocks away in the 1100 block of 152nd Street, lying between two houses. She later was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she died and her baby was born prematurely.