Ex-Cop Offered $400 To Kill Girlfriend: Prosecutors

MAYWOOD (CBS) — A former North Chicago police officer offered to pay a man $400 — including $200 upfront — to kill his girlfriend, prosecutors alleged Friday.

During a court appearance, Cook County Judge William Weiss ordered Devin A. Bickham, 39, his 20-year-old son also named Devin Bickham, and Cardell Taylor, 35, held without bond.

Asst. State’s Atty. Maureen O’Brien said the elder Bickham worked through his son, with whom he lived in Blue Island, to hire Taylor, of Chicago, to kill 29-year-old Chervon Alexander of Chicago.

The three are all charged with murder.

And after the younger Bickham and Taylor were stopped by police after the shooting, Taylor said “I want the rest of [the] money now,” O’Brien said.

Authorities said the older Bickham, who has five children, wanted Alexander dead because she was pressuring him to leave his estranged wife and marry her instead.

“Apparently, he decided she was in the way,” River Forest Deputy Chief Craig Rutz said. “He wanted her out of his life.”

O’Brien said Bickham’s wife did not know he had been dating Alexander.

Trey Wilson, a cousin of Alexander, called her a kind-hearted person.

“Everyone liked her,” he said.

Both the younger Bickham and Taylor confessed to the plot to kill Alexander. Attorneys Friday said Taylor has been arrested 15 times but never convicted. His most serious charges include battery, theft and drugs.

The older Devin Bickham is a former North Chicago police officer and co-founder of the Chi-City Blitz, a semi-pro football team that plays in the Great Midwest Football League on the South Side.

River Forest police said the older Bickham drove Alexander, of the 1300 block of North Mayfield, to a parking lot in River Forest about 10 p.m. Monday, telling her it was so they could talk.

While there, a car driven by Bickham’s son pulled up and Taylor got out, walked over to Alexander and shot her three times ­— in the head, chest and shoulder, police said.

Police said the elder Bickham was the first person to call 911 after the shooting, reportedly to cover his involvement.

When police arrived at the scene, a witness said a woman had been shot by a man who fled eastbound on Division in a gray vehicle. The car was spotted minutes later by Forest Park police and pulled over.

The men inside — the younger Bickham and Taylor — were taken into custody, and a .380-caliber handgun was recovered, police said.

Court records show the older Bickham, who until recently delivered furniture with a leased 26-foot cargo truck, was under heavy financial pressure in the months prior to the murder of Alexander.

Three days before Alexander was killed, Bickham’s company, Bick Express, Inc., which he incorporated in February 2007, was involuntarily dissolved by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

He filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy for the second time in a year on March 17. Bickham’s first filing was dismissed on March 15, after he reportedly failed to make required payments of $1,600 per month.

In the March 17 filing, which was approved June 27, he listed liabilities totaling $76,544, including $6,666 owed the IRS and $36,292 in unsecured debt. He declared personal property consisting of the two cars, valued at $31,100, on which he owes $33,580.

He listed current monthly income of $2,714, with no cash on hand, $10 in two checking accounts and an expected $1,058 refund on 2010 income taxes.

He refers to his “ex-wife” and his marital status as “separated.” She is listed as both a creditor and co-debtor in bankruptcy documents.

Bickham is also a defendant in a five-year court case regarding ownership of a house on the 8000 block of South Sacramento in Chicago. In his bankruptcy filings, Bickham says of the property, “Title was transferred in a loan modification scam.”

The North Chicago police department said the older Bickham worked for the department more than a decade ago and only for a short time.

  • Pothead

    The tragic thing is these idiots took it. Stupid canadiens.

  • Guest

    They need to check to see if he had an insurance policy on her.

  • NWA

    Ass! You probably could have offered her the $400,000 to leave yo ugly ass alone. But, you got this brilliant idea to turn your son into a murderer.


    • Leroy Goldberg

      Father and Son Negro murderers NWA. You people are bad, so very bad.

      • Lyndia

        Leroy, you always have something bad tosay about black people. Is it because you have a little one?

    • Pothead

      The Sun-Times says he was broke. Hell , if he had 400 g’s he could have just walked away.

      • NWA

        He should have walked away broke.


    • Jenny

      I think it was a measly $400, not $400,000.

      • NWA

        The earlier print stated $200,000 up-front and $400,000 on the back-end.


  • johnny diamond

    oh yeah very sad dooooo

  • Little Bo.

    He’ll have plenty of time to think it over.

    • Leroy Goldberg

      No Lyndia I do not. But I’m sure you do. Y’all love makin’ dem babies, it’s all about unprotected sex and welfare checks.

      Can you dig it???

  • HooDatIS?

    omg this is ridiculous i wouldnt steal a grapefruit for this measly sum of money
    just sad

  • mohammedbinawad

    Sound like a great story in the makings, a Chicago Police living in Stateville I hope they give him some lace so he feels sexy!

  • W*T*F*

    This is the typical ghetto dad. If he got himself into this, he should have gotten himself out of it. Why involve your child? Now they are going to both be sitting in jail. King Stupid took somebody’s life for $400.00? What a pathetic loser. However, the woman stands some blame for this too. Why would YOU DATE A MARRIED MAN WITH A HOUSE FULL OF CHILDREN? I am not passing judgement because we have all fell short but an ugly, little, fat man sent her off like that? Wanting to marry him? Please. RIP IN PEACE CHARVON. You made an innocent mistake.

    • NIZZER

      They do it because they’re ANIMALS

  • cosmo

    The whole thing sounds senseless and ridiculous. Why would she even want to marry this guy? This idiot has his 20 year-old son to find a top-of-tha-line $400 hit man. Couldn’t he just have said ” look, I got 5 kids and I’m broke I can’t marry you, see ya”.

  • Taxpayer 2

    If these guys (devils) are found guilty, then line their stupid self up at a wall and shoot them down. Stop babysitting these devils. It’s time to revised some laws that are on the books.

    People (devils) that do these kind of crimes, should not live either. People will start thinking twice when listening to satin.

  • tina

    HIT MEN… are getting cheaper and cheaper!! WHY DID this idiot get his own son involved??? now he’s going to have to spend most of his life in prison!! this is one reason… I “TRY” NOT TO DATE MARRIED men!!!

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Are Black Women really worth all that much??? $400???

  • Teresa Miller



    • NIZZER

      All I can say is two words ANGER MANAGEMENT

  • Ms. Concern

    There comes a to in ur life when u need to evaluate ur life. Fix wat need to be fixed to improve ur life. We need to speak up and speak out. We r loosing our children and for those of u who think life is color coded u need to think again. So, I say we all need to pray. The devil is busy n our children are dying.

  • Ms. Concern

    There comes a time in ur life when u need to evaluate ur life. Fix wat need to be fixed to improve ur life. We need to speak up and speak out. We r loosing our children and for those of u who think life is color coded u need to think again. So, I say we all need to pray. The devil is busy n our children are dying.

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