Brothers assigned to trial judge in Sauk Village homicide case

2012-11-15T19:15:00Z 2012-11-15T19:17:06Z Brothers assigned to trial judge in Sauk Village homicide caseGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
November 15, 2012 7:15 pm  • 

MARKHAM | Two Sauk Village brothers charged with murder in a shooting death at a local gas station had their cases assigned this week to a judge for trial.

Charles Bragg III, 20, and his brother, Stephon Bragg, 18, were assigned to Cook County Judge Luciano Panici at hearings 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 Wednesday for arraignment, Panici continued his case until Dec. 19. Stephon Bragg’s case was continued to Jan. 4 when he appeared Tuesday for arraignment.

Charles Bragg is charged with four counts of intent to kill, four counts of strong probability of intent to kill, three counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm. Stephon Bragg, who had previously shared the same counts as his brother, had his charges reduced Oct. 26 and was released from the Cook County Jail.

Stephon Bragg is charged with one count of obstruction of justice and once count of destroying evidence, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.

Charles Bragg is being held at the Cook County Jail without bond. Stephon Bragg had been held in jail on $1 million bond.

Officials with the state’s attorney’s office have said Charles and Stephon Bragg were at a gas station Sept. 18 when Stephon Bragg said he recognized Zonnie Johnson, 20, as the one who allegedly stole his iPhone earlier this year.

Charles Bragg walked up to Johnson 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 took Charles Bragg from the scene of the shooting.

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