Court Watch: Accused Armed Robber May Enter a Plea

Also, lesbian-beating case, accused cancer-donation thief and others return to court next week.

The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week.

Cook County

EVERGREEN PARK — Marcus A. Parker, a 23-year-old Evergreen Park resident charged , was arraigned Wednesday on a seven-count bill of indictment. Charges stem from an incident on Dec. 4 in which police said Parker and another man—Joel Shavers, 22, of Chicago—robbed a pedestrian in the 2900 block of North Mildred Street.

At the time Parker was  carrying a loaded handgun, according to police, as well as several items reported stolen in that area over the preceding days, including cell phones and credit cards. Both men remained in jail Wednesday on a $400,000 bail. They may enter a plea when they return to court next week.

On the Docket Next Week


Mohammad Shaban and Akram Alshoweat, who are accused of beating and robbing a woman they believed was a lesbian, are scheduled for a final pretrial hearing. Unless attorneys again request more time to review or enter evidence, a trial is slated to begin February 2012.

Joseph P. Messina, of New Lenox, charged with three counts of aggravated battery, returns to court. He's accused in a fight that put one man into a coma.


Joseph Campione, of Palos Hills, returns on felony theft charges that he stole a canister at a Crestwood convenience store filled with donations for an Alsip woman fighting cancer.


Parker and co-defendant Shavers will appear on charges related to the armed robbery on Chicago’s North Side.


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JB January 01, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Really, first niether of these stories are Homewood related. more importantly, two stories are higher profile incidents compared to the Evergreen park incident yet, when I access the site you post a picture of this guy; coincidence or common media tactics?
Jesse Marx January 02, 2012 at 12:24 AM
JB, "Court Watch" is a weekly recap of high profile court cases through the south region of Chicago Patch (which includes a dozen communities, from Evergreen Park to New Lenox). This is our way of keeping readers informed about the status of notable cases, some of which can take months, even years, to come to trial. You'll notice in the link section above that we post separate articles if something significant happens in court. For example: http://patch.com/A-pJ3M The lead photo on this post is of a man involved in the single court case heard last week that didn't make its own post, and is therefore neither coincidental nor sensational. It's logical.


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