Chief: Third suspect in Christmas slaying of pregnant teen in custody

2013-12-30T20:42:00Z 2014-02-13T11:53:40Z Chief: Third suspect in Christmas slaying of pregnant teen in custodyLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

DOLTON | The brother of two men charged in the Christmas shooting death of a pregnant Calumet City teen turned himself in Monday, according to Dolton officials.

Darius Marshall, 19, turned himself into police through his attorney, Stuart Goldberg, said John Franklin, the police chief for the Dolton Police Department. A warrant had been issued for his arrest, Franklin said.

Marshall was wanted in connection with the Christmas night shooting death of Eva Casara, 17, of Calumet City. He had not been officially charged as of Monday night.

Police and Cook County state's attorneys allege Casara set up a fake drug deal as a front for a robbery her boyfriend, 16-year-old Anthony Lee, and his brother, 21-year-old Diante Coakley, planned to commit along with a third brother.

All of the brothers are from Dolton, Franklin said.

Casara and the brothers met the alleged dealer, a Hammond man, at 152nd Street and Dorchester. She and Coakley got into the man's car but were told to get out, attorneys said.

Coakley went to the driver's side door and the Hammond man pulled away with Casara in the back seat, police said. Coakley allegedly started firing at the vehicle and Casara was struck by a bullet in the back of the head.

Police said the alleged drug dealer — the intended victim of the robbery — dumped Casara, who was still alive, in an alley at 152nd Street and Greenwood Road.

The Hammond man drove back to Hammond, where police recovered his vehicle. Franklin said by email Monday night that the Hammond man remains a person of interest and police continue searching for him.

Coakley and Lee drove to Gary looking for Casara after the vehicle drove away with her inside. Franklin said Lee and Coakley knew the alleged drug dealer they intended to rob was from Northwest Indiana and thought he was from Gary, which is why they went looking for him and Casara there.

Casara was found by a passer-by at 7:43 p.m. Christmas Day. She was pronounced dead at 10:57 a.m. Thursday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Casara was 5 1/2 months pregnant with Lee's baby. Doctors were able to save the baby, which family members named Leilani Paris Casara.

The baby remained in the neonatal intensive care unit at Christ Medical Center this weekend. The baby's condition was not known Monday.

On Saturday, Lee and Coakley were both charged with first-degree murder in connection with Casara's death. They are being held without bond.

Franklin said Monday morning police are still trying to locate the Hammond man.

"Law enforcement has been to his residence and he's not there," Franklin said.

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