Derrion Albert Case Update: Three Teens Charged With Murder One; Charges Dropped Against A Fourth

Eugene Bailey, 18, leaves the Cook County Jail after he was cleared of murder charges in the beating death of Derrion Albert (Courtesy: Chicago Tribune)

Eugene Bailey, 18, leaves the Cook County Jail after he was cleared of murder charges in the beating death of Derrion Albert (Courtesy: Chicago Tribune)

From Faux, who appears to be the only one with info on this continuing, sad mess via Google News.

Three teens arrested in the beating death of a Chicago honor student have been formally indicted on first-degree murder charges.

The formal charges were filed Friday against 19-year-old Silvonus Shannon, 18-year-old Eugene Riley and 16-year-old Eric Carson.

Prosecutors claim they killed 16-year-old Derrion Albert on Sept. 24 during a melee captured on cell phone video. It shows Albert being struck with boards and kicked as he lay on a sidewalk.

Police have described the sophomore at Christian Fenger Academy High School as an innocent bystander caught up in a fight.

The teens are being held without bail. The judge Friday set their arraignment for Nov. 10.

Of the four teens arrested shortly after the horrific event was captured on cell phone video, Eugene Bailey, 18, was released after all charges were dropped on October 20. The Chicago Defender has it:

Prosecutors dropped the charge Monday with little explanation.

“While the charge against Bailey was brought in good faith based on witness accounts and identifications, additional information has developed during the ongoing investigation that warranted dismissal of the murder charge against Bailey at this time,” the state’s attorney’s office in Cook County said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the office declined to elaborate, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Upon his release from the Cook County Jail, Eugene Bailey gave a statement:

“I just want to give a shout-out to Derrion’s family, his mother and grandmother,” he said. “And I’m sorry I couldn’t attend his funeral. He was a good friend of mine.”

A shout-out? This isn’t Total Request Live.

Ava Greyer, Eugene Bailey’s mother, and his family continually maintained that Bailey could not have been one of Albert’s assailants, saying that he was misidentified from the video, which has since been purchased by Fox News. His release also kept his mother from being evicted from her public housing unit by the Chicago Housing Authority, but the young man will not return to Fenger High School. CHA has a no-tolerance policy of evicting families of people involved in high profile, violent crimes.

“They came by today and gave me an apology and told me they reconsidered,” she said Tuesday. “Everybody is innocent until proven guilty. They should have never, where I’m fighting for my baby’s freedom, delivered me papers like that.”

Greyer had been steadfast in maintaining her son’s innocence in the attack, for which three others are still charged with first-degree murder.

In a related Chicago Sun-Times article, Greyer said Eugene was visiting his brother at 114th and Stewart when the fight broke out at Fenger High that claimed Derrion Albert’s life. “I knew it wasn’t my child, because of the clothes the young man had on,” she said.

A source close to the case said two police searches — one at Greyer’s home and one at another location — failed to turn up the clothing.

“Then a detective came here and said, ‘When did he get his hair cut?’ ” Greyer said. Bailey’s close-cropped hair did not match the youth in the video, she said. “They were so quick to label somebody,” Greyer said.

Bailey said he was “hurt” at the charge lodged against him. “Nothing like that could ever come between me and him [Derrion],” he said. Greyer said she is worried her son will still be viewed warily by authorities.

“They put it out there nationwide that he was a murderer. I need a nationwide apology.”

Joe Walker, grandfather of the victim, said: ”The young man should be home with his family if he had nothing to do with it. They went through enough.”

Greyer, 38, said she now plans to pamper her son, who lost weight during his three weeks in jail.

“I’ll make him some wings, greens, macaroni and cheese and cornbread.”

She added, “I got my baby. That’s all that matters.”

Joe Walker, by the way, was adopted by Derrion as his “grandfather,” because he taught him so many things. He lived on the same street as Albert’s grandmother. He’s not a blood relative, but he is still part of Derrion Albert’s family. That’s how it goes with many blacks. If you don’t have a dad, you find one.

I agree about Eugene Bailey going from student to murder suspect. It’s almost like L.A. cops taking pictures of unsupervised juveniles, just at the time they are expected to become gangbangers. All Eugene has to do now is continue to stay in school and way out of any trouble. The nation, and even the local cops, will forget him.

But who else was it that had a part in the killing? The cops have asked for further information regarding three unidentified youths in the video. No one has stepped forward, as far as is known, but the cops say that they have further leads. No snitching, though, is still the order of the day.

~ by blksista on October 23, 2009.

2 Responses to “Derrion Albert Case Update: Three Teens Charged With Murder One; Charges Dropped Against A Fourth”

  1. I just read the update article on Derrion Albert. I have been so deeply saddened by his death. What has gone wrong in today’s youth? What is so terrible that you would have to take someones life away? I will continue to pray for Derrion’s family and may GOD help you through your tradegy. I hope those three young cowards get the death penalty.The justice system needs to start making an example out of violent kids.


  2. Too many of our babies are going down instead of growing up in a society and educational system intent on turning our children into prisoners and prostitutes rather than positive and productive people.

    We must take matters into our own hearts and hands.

    R. Lee Gordon


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