Brothers assigned to trial judge in homicide case

2012-11-15T11:15:00Z Brothers assigned to trial judge in homicide caseGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
November 15, 2012 11:15 am  • 

MARKHAM | Two brothers from Sauk Village who face charges of murder for a shooting death at a local gas station had their criminal cases assigned this week to a judge for eventual trial.

Charles Bragg III, 20, and his 18-year-old brother, Stephon Bragg, were both assigned to Cook County Judge Luciano Panici during hearings held at the Sixth District Cook County Circuit courthouse in Markham.

Up to this point, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office had been handling the two brothers as a single criminal case, pairing their court appearances together.

But when Charles Bragg appeared in court on Wednesday for arraignment, Panici continued his case until Dec. 19. While Stephon Bragg’s criminal case was continued until Jan. 4 when he appeared for arraignment on Tuesday.

Each brother is charged with eight counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count each of aggravated discharge of a firearm and obstruction of justice.

Charles Bragg is being held at the Cook County Jail without bond, while Stephon Bragg was being held at the jail in lieu of $1 million bond.

Officials with the state’s attorney’s office have said Charles and Stephon Bragg were at a gas station on Sept. 18 when Stephon Bragg said he recognized another man there as the one who allegedly stole his iPhone earlier this year.

That man was Zonnie Johnson, 20, and Charles Bragg walked up to him and asked if he took the phone. Then, Bragg allegedly shot Johnson, who died from his wounds the next day.

Prosecutors have said Stephon Bragg drove the car that then took Charles Bragg from the scene of the shooting.


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