Bond denied for two involved in Dolton shooting death

2012-10-15T18:23:00Z Bond denied for two involved in Dolton shooting deathBy Gregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 15, 2012 6:23 pm  • 

DOLTON | Two teenagers are being held at the Cook County Jail without bail after being arrested for their alleged involvement in the fatal shooting last week of a Dolton man outside his garage.

Darrell Leverson, 19, of Dolton, and Kevin Eason, 16, of Riverdale, were charged as adults for the Oct. 9 shooting death that occurred in the 1000 block of Blouin Drive. The victim was identified as Derrick Hampton, 52.

The two had their initial court appearance Sunday at the Criminal Courts building in Chicago for a bail hearing, at which time bail was denied for both, said Andrew Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

In addition to murder, both are charged with robbery and aggravated vehicular hijacking. Eason also faces five charges of armed robbery in relation to other incidents, while Leverson faces one count of armed robbery.

Both are scheduled to make their first appearance at the Sixth District courthouse in Markham on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing, Conklin said.

Prosecutors said Leverson and Eason confronted Hampton outside his garage and demanded valuables. Hampton reportedly refused to give them anything and said they would have to shoot him to get by him.

Prosecutors did not say which of the two fired the shots that killed Hampton. But they said the two are suspects in a string of crimes, and allegedly had just robbed another man moments earlier in the same block, getting a leather jacket, a video game and cash.

Prosecutors say the man robbed in that instance came to Hampton’s aid. Hampton was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond, where he was pronounced dead.

Leverson and Eason were arrested last week after a police chase that began in the Brainerd neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side following a robbery in which a wallet and cellular telephone were stolen, according to Chicago Police news affairs.

The chase extended into the suburbs and the vehicle crashed at 144th and Halsted streets in Riverdale.

Dolton police were not available Monday to comment on the shooting.

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