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Owner of Maywood barbershop charged with killing customer who refused to pay

Deshon Mcadory was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail Sunday.

A man was shot dead Jan. 15, 2022 in Austin. File photo/Getty Images

The owner of a suburban barbershop was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail Sunday after he allegedly shot and killed a customer who refused to pay.

Deshon Mcadory, 40, of Lombard, was charged with first-degree murder in last Thursday’s shooting at the Studio 914 barbershop, 914 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, according to Cook County prosecutors and police in the western suburb.

That day, 31-year-old Christian McDougald refused to pay for a haircut and began arguing with the barbers at the shop, Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Meehan said. After the dispute moved outside, everyone left except for McDougald and Mcadory.

That’s when Mcadory allegedly shot McDougald once in the chest when he followed the shop owner to its back door, Meehan said. Police previously reported that McDougald was discovered by responding officers and taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead.

The shooting was caught on surveillance video and a witness identified Mcadory as the shooter, Meehan said. A gun tied to the shooting was found in a coat believed to be Mcadory’s, and ammunition matching the shell casing found at the scene was found in his car.

Three other guns were also found at a workstation belonging to Mcadory’s business partner, 43-year-old Samuel Williams. Williams, a Bellwood resident with four previous felony convictions, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. After appearing alongside Mcadory in court Sunday, his bail was set at $25,000.

Mcadory’s attorney, Anthony Burch, insisted that his client was acting in self-defense, noting that he has both a Firearm Owners Identification card and a concealed carry permit. Burch claimed that Mcadory was “retreating” back into the barbershop when he shot McDougald, whom he called the “aggressor.”

Burch described his client as a lifelong Cook County resident who employs eight independent contractors and supports two sons in college. Meehan noted that Mcadory has two prior convictions, including a felony from 2004 for possessing cannabis.

Though Meehan requested that Mcadory be held in custody, Judge David Navarro ultimately set his bail at $250,000. Both Mcadory and Williams are expected in court again Wednesday.