Three from Dolton accused in shooting of pregnant Cal City teen plead not guilty

2014-02-13T11:45:00Z 2014-02-14T01:11:06Z Three from Dolton accused in shooting of pregnant Cal City teen plead not guiltyGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 13, 2014 11:45 am  • 

MARKHAM | The three half-brothers from Dolton who are accused in the Christmas Day fatal shooting of a pregnant Calumet City girl all pleaded not guilty and were assigned to a judge this week.

Diante Coakley, 21, and Darius Marshall, 19, along with 16-year-old Anthony Lee, all of Dolton, appeared at the Sixth District Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday, where they entered not guilty pleas before having their case assigned to Judge Anna Demacopoulos.

She scheduled the case for a status hearing in her courtroom on March 17, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

All three are charged with multiple counts of murder, attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm. The three, who are half-brothers, all are being held without bond.

Lee was the boyfriend of 17-year-old Eva Casara, who was shot in the head Christmas Day and died one day later. She was 5 1/2 months pregnant at the time of the shooting.

Police in Dolton have said Casara was with the three when they tried to rob a man alleged to be a drug dealer, and she was in the would-be dealer’s car when he tried to drive away.

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. She was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she died and her baby was born prematurely.

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