2 Charged With First-Degree Murder In Chicago Heights Shooting

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.

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Marquetta Campbell (courtesy of family)

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.


Campbell was stabbed and shot about 2:30 a.m. Sunday outside the Big Boy Submarine shop in the 400 block of West 14th Street in Chicago Heights, police said.

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.

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  • Average Guy

    Shame of it is all of the people involved were in their twenties. My question is, how anyone can have so much anger in such a short life. The victim danced with the young girls rightfully call, boyfriend because real men won’t act this way about a woman.

    • Deethought

      Too add this guy pulls a gun on a female of all things > A female ! Yeah this cat is not that bright and thankfully he will not be on the streets for a long time. And the other two females SMH the pain they will go through from just the time sitting and thinking about this while locked up hopefully helps someone in the future not to do something so stupid over a darn dance or anything else just as petty. I mean REALLY ! REALLY!

  • Blessed Bell

    I really appreciate the Chicago Heights Police Department for their swift work, in catching the Murders of Marquetta Campbell. Keep up the Good work

  • Nighthawk

    @ Average Guy – It’s sadly simple. If people are born and raised in an environment where violence and misery are the norm AND they don’t have good parents to guide them in the right direction, then this kind of inhumanity and anger will easily consume them.

    Not making excuses though. They deserve every miserable day that’s coming their way while incarcerated.

  • Gee-reg

    Don’t you all worry for Jesse and father Flaky will be there to help you march around the block to complain about this senseless murder of another black citizen. OOOOPS thats right, they won’t complain about black on black crime.

  • MDJ

    Whats sad is a mother of 2 young children lost her life over a dance. Now 2 individual are going to be incarcerated for the inablility to think and reason on with another. ALL FAMILIES LOOSE IN THIS CASE. The family of Marquita sufferss the most due to thier loss. My most deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. PRAYERS FOR THEM/US ALL

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