An attorney for a Park Forest man who is accused of fatally shooting another man over a rental dispute said during this week's arraignment his client pleads "not guilty to each and every charge" of first-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
Police say Dennis Joyner, 60, a retired state trooper was in a dispute with Robert Fortson, 40, over a rental property that Joyner owned. The dispute ended with Joyner shooting Fortson several times at the Mobil gas station in the 400 block of Lincoln Highway in Chicago Heights, according to police.
Patch rounds up the Southland's major criminal and civil cases being heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS — Homewood Man Found Innocent in Chicago Heights Attempted Murder
A Homewood man charged with attempted murder after a fight at the Tender Trap in Chicago Heights was found innocent Thursday at the Markham Courthouse.
Matthew Carnes' legal defense has maintained he was acting in self-defense and protecting his brother, Derek Carnes. He was accused of using a knife to cut the neck of William Murphy, the nephew of former Heights Police Chief Anthony Murphy, in the March 2008 brawl.
TINLEY PARK — Judge Won't Change Shelter Owner's Sentence Without Medical Records
A Cook County judge has refused to alter an order forcing animal shelter owner Dawn Hamill, 43, to give up all but five of her personal animals. The order was part of her sentence after she was convicted in September on eight misdemeanor counts of violations of owner's duties.
Hamill's new attorney asked the judge to reconsider Hamill's sentence and he is set to argue his motion on the issue on Oct. 29.
ORLAND PARK — Man Accused of Sending Sexually Explicit Images Online Pleads Not Guilty
An Orland Park man pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony charges stemming from sexual images that police said the man sent over the Internet, in a case not related to 14 other counts of sexual assault against the man.
Kevin Skaritka, 35, was charged in September with two counts of felony manufacturing harmful materials. He is scheduled to appear in court next on Nov. 21 for a hearing on all charges.
Drifter Accused of Sexually Assaulting Elderly Woman May Be Nearing Trial
Dennis Dodson, the drifter accused in the 2011 sexual assault of an 83-year-old woman, may be nearing a trial date.
A public defender for Dodson said the pre-trial discovery phase of the case is complete. A final status date has been set for Nov. 21.
On the Docket for Next Week
- Woman accused of leaving four disabled men in a hot car in Evergreen Park
- Oak Lawn man accused of assaulting elderly dementia patient
- Homewood man accused of child sex abuse
- Two men charged in hate crime incident in Palos
- Orland Park man charged in fatal DUI
- Trio accused in Oak Lawn botched Buell Court robbery, shooting
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