2 Charged With First-Degree Murder In Chicago Heights Shooting
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CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (CBS) – Two people were charged with first-degree murder today in the shooting death of a Chicago Heights woman over the weekend in an incident that started as a dispute at a sports bar in Matteson.
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Jeffery Bell, 21, of the 600 block of Brookline Street, Chicago Heights, and Camille Brodanex, 20, of the 3300 block of South Commercial Avenue, South Chicago Heights, were charged in the death of Marquetta Campbell, 26, of the 400 block of West Hickory Street, Chicago Heights, police said.
Barbara Jackson, 21, of the 400 block of Natoma Street, Park Forest, was charged with aiding a fugitive, police said. All three are to appear for a bond hearing Wednesday morning at the Markham courthouse.
The incident began inside Knockouts, a bar at Lincoln Highway and Cicero Avenue in Matteson, police said. Campbell started dancing with Bell, who is Brodanex’s boyfriend, police said, and Brodanex got angry and the two women started fighting.
Campbell left the bar and went to get a sandwich at Big Boy Submarine, police said. Bell and Brodanex followed her to the eatery, according to police.
While Campbell was in the parking lot, Bell pulled out a gun and started shooting, striking her once in the head, police said. Jackson then drove Bell and Brodanex away, police said.
Bell has a lengthy arrest record, police said, most recently being arrested for domestic battery in April.
The victim’s mother, Joan Campbell, spoke with CBS 2 on Sunday. She was inconsolable as she showed CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov pictures of the two grandchildren she’ll have to raise alone.
“It hurts me that my baby wasn’t here to teach her kids,” Campbell said. “She was so smart in school. She was a CNA. She took care of anybody.”
She described her daughter as her best friend.
“I lost my best friend. I lost my sister, I lost my daughter,” Campbell said. “She was the mother of my grandkids.”
Chicago Heights Police Sgt. Tom Rogers credited the department’s patrol division for locating and taking Bell and Brodanex into custody immediately. He also thanked the community for cooperating with the investigation.
“This is an example of how a case can be closed and we can file charges if witnesses come forth and be 100 percent truthful,” he said.
CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov and the Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.