Family Distraught After Boy Shot Dead In Lake County, Cousins Charged – CBS Chicago
As CBS 2’s Eric Cox reported, it is all because of a 200-year-old law.
“This just caused a lifetime of pain,” said Chloe Pollion of the situation her son, Kendrix Cooper is now in. “He’s just constantly reliving that night.”
Early Tuesday, Kendrix and five other teens all hopped in a stolen Lexus sport-utility vehicle and drove up to Lake County.
Police said they were on the property of a 75-year-old man, and the homeowner feared for his life as some of the teens approached him. The older man opened fire, shooting Cooper’s cousin – Jaquan Swopes, 14 – in the head.
“They didn’t mean for none of this to happen,” said Erica Annon.
Annon is the mother of three of the accused – Diamond Davis, 18; and twins Steven and Stacy Davis, 17.
“I just hope when they do get out of jail, they think about all the things that led up to this situation,” Pollion said.
It is a situation that could put the teens in prison for 20 to 60 years.
But was a felony murder charge for all the teens the right call?
“I would not have charged murder in this case,” said CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller, a former Cook County prosecutor. “This is one of the cases where you say, ‘Hey listen, does this crime really fit the punishment of 20 to 60 years in the penitentiary for a kid?’”
The statute still stands in 44 states, but nearby Michigan and Kentucky have both done away with it. In California, a new law scales back a prosecutor’s ability to use felony murder when charging accomplices.
“It does lead to injustices,” Miller said. “That’s the problem with it.”
The family of the teens is holding onto hope that an injustice won’t happen to their teens.
“We’re going to get through this,” Pollion said. “We will. We will.”