Judge denies bail for four suspects in Chicago torture video and asks them ‘where was your sense of decency?’ as it’s revealed they demanded $300 ransom from disabled, schizophrenic victim’s mother during ordeal
The four suspects were labeled ‘a danger to society’ by a Chicago judge
Jordan Hill, 18, allegedly asked for $300 in ransom from the victim’s mother
Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, 18; and sisters Brittany, 18, and Tanisha Covington, 24, face hate crimes, battery and kidnapping charges
They were arrested on Wednesday in connection to a video that was live-streamed on Facebook, showing the torture of a special needs man
By CHEYENNE ROUNDTREE
7 January 2017
A Chicago judge denied bail for four suspects involved in the hate crime torture of a special needs man as it is revealed they demanded $300 from the victim’s mother.
Four suspects were labeled ‘a danger to society’ by a judge after they were charged with hate crimes for live-streaming the torture of a white 18-year-old on Facebook.
The judge denied the group bail and asked the suspects: ‘Where was your sense of decency?’
One of the four suspects demanded $300 from the victim’s mother if she wanted her son back, a prosecutor revealed on Friday.
Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; and sisters Brittany, 18, and Tanisha Covington, 24, are facing several charges against them for torturing a severely disabled white 18-year-old who suffers from schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder.
Attorneys for the suspects tried to argue for their bail by telling the judge about their background and family life.
Public defenders say 24-year-old suspect Covington, of Chicago, is the mother of two children, ages 11 months and two years old. They say her sister, Brittany Covington of Chicago, attends college and is involved with her church.