No Bond For Teen Charged In ‘L’ Stop Death

Updated 08/11/11 – 2:34 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Bond was denied Thursday to a 17-year-old charged with killing a woman in March by pushing her down a flight of stairs at a CTA ‘L’ stop, after he had stolen another person’s iPhone.

Prince Watson appeared for a bond hearing at noon Thursday, charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sally Katona-King, 68. A Cook County judge denied bond for Watson, who was previously convicted of another iPhone robbery.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, Watson is already serving time in a juvenile detention facility for stealing an iPhone in a separate incident, and now he is accused of robbing one woman of her iPhone at the Fullerton ‘L’ stop on March 28, then running away and pushing Katona-King down the stairs as he left.

Katona-King was pronounced dead the following day at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports

At Watson’s bond hearing on Thursday, prosecutors said he stole an iPhone from a woman at the Fullerton station and then raced to the stairs to get away.

Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Toni Giancola said Watson bumped into “multiple people” as he fled – and when he got to the stairwell, “the defendant stated that he bumped into two ladies because they were in his way as he was trying to flee.”

Giancola said one of the women that Watson bumped into was Sally Katona-King, who fell to her death.

Katona-King’s daughter, Eileen Katona, said she is glad Watson is charged.

“He needs to suffer some consequences, and now he’s going to pay the consequences for his actions,” Eileen Katona said.

Police say Watson also stole an iPhone at the Sedgwick Brown Line stop in April. He stole another cell phone on the CTA Red Line at Clark and Division in May and was caught, and has been serving time for that, police said.

Belmont Area detectives say witnesses, evidence at the scene and video evidence tie Watson to the murder of Katona-King.

And they say they know they have the right person.

“Absolutely,” said Detective John Korolis. “We are very confident.”

Detectives say Watson was apparently selling the iPhones he stole for cash.

Detective Michele Wood says they are big business.

“We heard on the streets the iPhones are worth at least $300,” she said.

Katona-King, 68, worked at First Lutheran Church in Logan Square, where she cooked for the homeless and was the church treasurer.

The Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which serves the Brown, Red and Purple lines is the primary stop for the busy Lincoln Park neighborhood and DePaul University campus. Police have been passing out fliers at the station since the time of the deadly incident.

  • As expected

    To doubt his ghetto mom be at the trial flanked by J Jackson crying how he’s a good boy and it was the system that let him down.

  • dan

    I love the way these thugs put on that tough guy look in their mug shots-the jokes on them since the place they will be going before hell is a living hell hole.

    Later tough guy hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • FR

    Question – Don’t iphones need subscriptions that will get turned off when reported stolen? If so, what good is the iphone for anyone else except for the first few minutes after it is stolen. If it can’t be turned off if stolen, that needs to be changed.

    • Steve Jobs

      What they are doing is called “jail breaking.” Basically they download software from the web (there are dozens) then sync it on their iphones. This lifts all restrictions from apple.

  • NWApe

    Another murdering Negroid, millions more like him.

    • Yard Ape

      Love the name!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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  • Just Axin

    Wonder what kind of criminal juve history he had that we’ll never know about.

  • Bob Hamilton

    Princess will be his new name. He knew he killed this lady and knew the police were looking for him, yet he continued stealing the same item! Now he will spend the best years of his life behind bars. After he is let out, he will go right back to stealing iphones from his wheelchair.

  • Taxpayer 2

    This devil unlawfully murdered someone. He should fry as well. Time to stop baby sitting (jail) these demonic devils. He probably wish that he was not even born anyway.

    Also his parent need to fined or punish as well for his devilish action. Time to start editing some old laws. Get tough with these devilish kids and their devilish parent asap! And the government need to stay out of family matters period.

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