No bail in killings of deacon, musician

Written By BY MEGAN GRAHAM Staff Reporter Posted: 09/11/2014, 06:51am
Array Mark Hall / photo from Chicago Police

Bail was denied Saturday for one of two men charged with murder in shootings that killed a deacon and a musician blocks apart on the Southeast Side last December.

Devin Aldridge and Mark Hall, both 23 and both South Side residents, are charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the Dec. 19 shootings that killed Deacon Willie Cooper and musician Eric “Guitar” Davis.

Aldridge appeared before a Cook County judge Saturday and was ordered held without bail. Hall is due in court Sunday.

Davis and Cooper were in parked vehicles when they were shot about half an hour and three blocks apart in the early morning hours, according to the police.

Cooper, 74, a South Side resident, was waiting to give a friend a ride to work when he was shot at 4:44 a.m. in the 7000 block of South East End Avenue.

Davis, 41, of Riverdale, was sitting in his vehicle in the 6700 block of South East End about 5:20 a.m. when he was shot.

Prosecutors said Saturday that a witness came forward in June, identifying Aldridge as one of the people who ran from the car after Cooper was shot. Aldridge’s phone number also “pinged” a cell tower near the area of that homicide, according to prosecutors.

“Willie Cooper was a deacon of his church and a great person who would help anyone,” CrimeStoppers chairman George McDade said in June. “Eric Davis is from a family of jazz musicians and had a promising career.”

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