3rd suspect in Dolton murder held without bail
BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporter January 2, 2014 11:02AM
Darius D. Marshall | Dolton Police photo
Updated: February 4, 2014 6:19AM
The last of three brothers was ordered held without bail Thursday in the Christmas Day slaying of Eva Casara, the 17-year-old pregnant Chicago girl prosecutors say was killed while participating in a botched robbery in Dolton.
Among them is the father of the girl’s tiny baby. And now prosecutors say he joined his brothers as they shot at a car carrying the mother of his unborn child. Casara took a bullet to the back of the head, prosecutors said, and the infant was delivered after the shooting.
Darius D. Marshall, 19, of Dolton is the latest to be charged with Casara’s murder. He surrendered to authorities earlier this week, and police said he was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. He appeared in a Markham courtroom Thursday, where Cook County Judge Darron E. Bowden refused him bail.
Marshall’s brothers, 16-year-old Anthony Lee and 21-year-old Diante Coakley, have already been charged with Casara’s murder and are also being denied bail. Lee is the father of Casara’s child, authorities said.
Casara was 26 weeks pregnant when prosecutors said she joined the brothers in planning a Christmas Day robbery. They said she made arrangements to meet their intended victim at 152nd and Dorchester in Dolton.
Once there, Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Driscoll said Casara got into a car with the intended robbery victim, his passenger and Coakley. But the robbery victim eventually told Coakley to get out, Driscoll said, and Coakley did so brandishing a handgun.
Driscoll said Marshall walked up and opened the driver’s side door, but the intended robbery victim drove off. That’s when Driscoll said all three brothers pulled out handguns and began firing at the car — with Casara still in the back seat.
The robbery victim realized Casara was still in the car only when he and his passenger heard gurgling sounds, prosecutors said. They allegedly dumped Casara in the 1100 block of 152nd. She later died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after a passer-by discovered her and called 911.
The prosecutor said Casara’s daughter, Lailani Paris Casara, remains in critical condition.