With four felony convictions already on his record, Shomari Legghette is not exceptional among murder suspects with cases in Cook County.
Shomari Legghette was held without bond in the murder of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer.
“I’m sorry for your all’s loss, but I did not commit this crime,” Bernard Williams said, drawing scowls from a handful of officers who were in court.
Shomari Legghette was charged with first degree murder of a police officer, aggravated use of a weapon by a felon and drug charges.
The judge indicated he’d happily have cleared all 15 defendants of their Watts-related records but for an apparent technicality in state law.
Prosecutors last February dropped charges against the four men, dubbed the “Marquette Park 4” during their lengthy post-conviction legal battles.
Arturo Reyes and co-defendant Gabriel Solache were released from prison after prosecutors dropped charges against them in a 1998 double murder.
The 258 officers who reported sick amounted to more than a third of the 765 officers scheduled to work the morning shift Friday.
“She hasn’t been cooperative with me,” Judge Donald Panarese Jr. said of “Serial Stowaway” Marilyn Hartman.
Lawyers for the two men said that law enforcement officials are trying to use their forced confessions again to keep them behind bars.
If there is a trial, it could not happen before spring because of steps needed to assemble such a large group of potential jurors.
Charged mostly with misdemeanors and judged sane despite a compulsion to slip onto jets, Hartman has baffled law enforcement and airport security.
Her arrest early Sunday was her eighth at either O’Hare or Midway, and she has dozens of similar arrests in California, Florida and other states.
Authorities found Hartman at 1:35 a.m. Sunday in the lower level of Terminal 3 and arrested her, prosecutors said.