Court Watch: Former State Trooper Denied Bail on Murder Charge
Also, the owner of a Tinley Park animal rescue and sanctuary is found guilty on eight violation of owner's duties charges.
The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS -- Park Forest Man Denied Bail After Gas Station Homicide
Dennis Joyner, 60, of Park Forest will remain in jail after being charged killing a man over a rental dispute. Judge Douglas J. Simpson denied Dennis Joyner bail after Joyner was charged with first-degree murder by the State's Attorney's office. Cook County prosecutors say Joyner shot and killed Robert Fortson, 40, at a Mobil gas station in Chicago Heights.
He will be back in court on Oct. 3.
OAK FOREST — Former Chicago Cop Accused of Wife's Murder Has Another Continuance
Norberto Rodriguez has been in custody since 2010, accused in 2009 shooting death of his estranged wife. The former Chicago cop and Oak Forest native will be back in court on Oct. 15 in the Markham courthouse.
OAK LAWN — Oak Lawn Man Accused of Soliciting 16-Year-Old Girl gets continuance
James West, 26, will be back in court in November on charges that he solicited a 16-year-old girl for sex with his girlfriend, Lauren Papiez. Papiez, 21, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in August. West is scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 1.
ORLAND PARK -- Man Accused of Stalking, Child Porn Gets Hearing for Next Month
James Shaver, the Orland Park man accused of stalking and child porn, had a status hearing this week and will be back in a Bridgeview courtroom on Oct. 29. Shaver is accused of stalking two girls, 9 and 11, and having child pornographic images on his cell phone.
ORLAND PARK -- Four Men Charged in Armed Jewelry Store Robbery Back in Court
Four men charged with felonies in connection with the armed robbery of an Orland Park jewelry store are scheduled to be back in court on Oct. 18.
According to police, Antoinne Kelly and Charles Harper entered the store posing as customers and tied the store’s employee and owner with duct tape. A third man, Darrin Carter, entered and helped gather an undisclosed amount of jewelry before splitting up into two cars, one driven by Lance Vaughn, police said. All four men remain in custody.
PALOS - Man Charged in Fatal DUI Back in Court
Sam Cafi, the Palos man charged more than 100 counts of aggravated homicide in a fatal DUI, will be back in court in October. Cafi, 28, also has one count of reckless homicide in connection to the March 10 crash that killed 28-year-old Ryan Osowski of Darien and injured three others.
TINLEY PARK -- Jury Finds Owner of Animal Rescue Guilty on 8 of 10 Charges
A jury of seven men and five women found Dawn Hamill, owner of Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, guilty of eight counts of violation of owner's duties and not guilty on two counts of animal neglect. The charges stemmed from a 2011 raid on Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary.
On the Docket Next Week
Orland Park man accused of carjacking restaurant employee with a BB gun
Three men accused of Buell Court home invasion in Oak Lawn
Two men accused of hate crime in Palos
Four teens accused of Granat murders in Palos
Orland Park man accused of criminal sexual assault of teen, manufacturing harmful materials