CHICAGO | A Markham man who was the victim of a shooting is charged with bribery for offering not to testify in the case against the suspect in exchange for $1,000, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.
Larry Dennis, 29, of Markham, is charged with bribery and appeared Tuesday at the Sixth District Cook County Circuit courthouse in Markham, where bond was set at $30,000.
Dennis had been the victim of a shooting on July 7 in Markham in the 16300 block of South Laflin, prosecutors said. He was with a group of people on the street who became involved in an argument with David Gordon, who was in a vehicle.
The argument escalated and Gordon began shooting into the group, striking Dennis, who suffered a non-life-threatening injury, was treated and released from a local hospital.
Dennis identified Gordon as the suspect and Gordon was later arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a firearm.
On Aug. 21, prosecutors said, Dennis spoke with one of Gordon's relatives and said he would refuse to testify against Gordon in exchange for $1,000. An undercover investigation was then initiated and Dennis was arrested Tuesday after meeting with the individual and accepting a $1,000 payment, prosecutors said.
Gordon's case is still pending and his next court date is Wednesday in Markham. Dennis' next court date is Sept. 17 in Markham.
The investigation was conducted by the Cook County state's attorney's Public Corruption and Financial Crimes Unit.