A Chicago man and his 16-year-old brother were denied bail Sunday in connection with a botched Christmas Day robbery in Dolton that led to the fatal shooting of the teen’s pregnant 17-year-old girlfriend.
Diante L. Coakley, 21, and his teen brother, Anthony Lee, of Dolton, face first-degree murder charges in the death of Eva Casara, who was about 26 weeks pregnant with Lee’s child, Cook County prosecutors said Sunday.
The baby survived but was in critical condition Sunday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where Casara died Thursday morning, according to Melody Vargas, the slain Chicago teen’s aunt
A third person suspected of being part of the robbery remained at large Sunday. Dolton Police Chief John Franklin said Sunday outside the courtroom that he hopes to have that suspect arrested this week.
Vargas said Casara was picked up by the three would-be robbers on Christmas afternoon, and told family members she would be right back. Assistant State’s Attorney Christina Kye said Casara had arranged to meet an individual at 152nd Street and Dorchester Avenue whom the three intended to rob.
The person they arranged to meet drove up, and Casara and Coakley got in the back, Kye said. The driver ordered Coakley out of the car after exchanging words, Kye said. He got out and tried to open the driver’s side door, Kye said.
Kye said Coakley and another suspect then opened fire on the car as the driver started to drive away, and Casara was shot in the head. The driver continued his escape, only realizing Casara was still in the car when he and his passenger heard “gurgling” sounds, Kye said.
He dumped the dying Casara out of the car a few blocks away and drove to Hammond, Ind., according to Kye.
Casara was found lying in a pool of blood by a passerby at about 7:45 p.m. on Christmas, Kye said. She was pronounced dead just before 11 a.m. Thursday.
It was not clear Sunday whether the unnamed driver and his passenger are in custody or will be charged with leaving Casara to die. Dolton police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office did not return requests for clarification Sunday afternoon.