Defense Attorney Says Derrion Albert Was Aggressor In Fatal School Fight

CHICAGO (STMW) — Eugene Riley told detectives he was only trying to protect his younger brother when he swung a wooden board at Derrion Albert outside of Fenger High School.

“I had to protect my brother,” Riley, 20, said in his videotaped confession, which Cook County prosecutors presented at the opening of his murder trial Monday.

“I’m sorry about what happened. I didn’t want it to go this far.”

Albert’s vicious and notorious beating was captured by passersby with a camcorder as the fight between two groups of students erupted in the afternoon of Sept. 24, 2009.

Prosecutors said Riley hit 16-year-old Albert when he was already on the ground, defenseless.

But defense attorney Tim King said Albert, who is seen throwing a punch on the videotape, was the one looking for a fight.

Riley wasn’t a student at the South Side school, but he came to the school to pick up his brother and cousin Silvonus Shannon after classes.

When Riley was driving his brother — also injured in the melee — someone threw bricks at them, King said.

Riley only picked up a stick after he was hit, King said, arguing that Riley acted in self defense.

“He was only reacting to a hostile crowd that brought weapons,” King said.

Shannon, 20, was sentenced in April to 32 years in prison for Albert’s murder.

In December, a juvenile boy was found delinquent, or guilty, in Albert’s murder, and in March, Eric Carson, 18, was sentenced to 26 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder.

Another man, Lapoleon Colbert, is awaiting trial.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


    It was just an afternoon of some kids and the young folks playing around with friends from Altgeld Gardens that lead to all these trials. They were just trying to have some fun before they had to be home for dinner. You know how the parents punish them if they are out too late after school. When oh when will it ever end? And the wheel goes round and round.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    I agree, typical SOUTH SIDE fun & games.

  • ABreedApart

    Should it come as any wonder that these kid’s find the use of 2″x6″s to be a normal utensil in showing some “tough love”, when their creators settle their disputes on Mother’s day with a knife?

    Changing this behavior is beyond what one should expect to be feasible in the next…. 10,000 years or so.


      Actually, they used the lumber because they were out of bullets from the week end shootings. The economy being what it is they are starting to have a hard time finding a location to steal ammo. That’s the main reason the crime has gone down in Chicago or so they say it has. As to the fine Mother loving “womens” that did the knife thing on Mothers Day,they too were out of ammo and all the lumber was already in the BBQ. And the wheel goes round and round,oh Lordy do it.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Hey you know Mayor Daley,

    Its time for a 2 x 6 ban. Lets ban lumber!!!!


      Good idea,but what will the idiots in office do about the saws,hammers,and nails. I know they will probably be the next ban,and the list goes on and on.

  • bdl

    Good ole fun on the southside!

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