No Bond For Grandson Charged With Killing Off-Duty Cop

UPDATED 11/07/11 9:17 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 15-year-old boy is being held without bond on charges that he shot and killed his grandmother, a Chicago Police officer, who had adopted him.

Keshawn Perkins, 15, was charged as an adult with one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery in the death of Scott, 55, who was killed in her home Friday afternoon in the 8800 block of South Wallace Street, authorities said.

In court Sunday, a judge ordered him held without bond.

Prosecutors said Perkins had skipped school Friday and fell asleep while watching television in the basement. Scott found him sleeping, woke him up and began yelling at him.

He admitted to police that he struck her repeatedly about the head with a lamp and stabbed her several times with a kitchen knife “until she shut up,” prosecutors said.

Perkins then wrapped her in a blanket and dragged her to a catch basin in the back yard and dumped her there before taking her purse, which was covered with blood, and fleeing.

A 911 call was made when the front door to her home was seen open and when police got to the scene, neighbors brought Perkins to them, prosecutors said.

Two bloody knives were recovered from the basement, and Perkins, who was Scott’s adopted grandson, told police where her body was and where he disposed of his bloody clothing, prosecutors said.

Scott was pronounced dead at her home at 4:25 p.m. Friday, the medical examiner’s office said. A Saturday autopsy determined she died of multiple injuries from an assault and her death was ruled a homicide.

Scott was off-duty at the time and shared her home with several grandchildren.

A police source said the victim served as a police officer for 25 years.

“Hester would give you anything, but she’s not going to be taken advantage of,” the victim’s brother, David Scott, told CBS 2’s Mike Parker. “She put everything she had into her grandchildren.”

The woman’s neighbor, 92-year-old Wilbert Grant, said the victim moved to the neighborhood about 15 to 20 years ago and lived in the home with her grandchildren because her daughter was “having problems.”

“I’m very surprised,” Grant said. “She was a very nice lady.”

If convicted, Perkins faces a minimum life sentence because the murdered victim was a Chicago police officer.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Roberta Waker

    Another possible maximum life sentence for a grizzly murder. We NEED to reinstate the death penalty because there is nothing to deter such violent senseless crimes. Wake up, Gov. Quinn – eliminating the death penalty isn’t working and it NEVER will. It pays to kill someone because you are “rewarded” with free room and board, tv, workouts, free medical and dental, education, etc., etc. Prisoners are living better than the poor taxpayers who pay to maintain their lifestyle behind bars.

  • Rebecca Harper

    This is a happy and sad moment for my family I thank everybody for their prayers and support!!! Please continue to keep our fami9ly in your prayers. Thank you!!

  • Just Axin

    How about charging all young punks as adults when they commit a violent crime?

  • Kelly

    What a tragedy for this family. My thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time. How sad that Ms. Scott risked her life everyday she went to work as a Chicago Police Officer protecting others only to need protection herself in her own home from the grandson she raised. My prayers are also with the 15 yr old responsible for this heinous act for he is clearly a lost soul and has some very difficult years ahead of him.

  • Nikku

    Ms. Roberta, how about thinking of the anger & blind rage that caused him to commit this crime? Nobody deserves to die, no matter how heinous the crime, as a matter of fact no one in this world can say that when they got angry enough that they didn’t lose the ability to reason, and acted off of pure rage. I know him and I know he wouldn’t do that because he wasn’t a hostile or violent person, he was just another normal teenager that didn’t have a care in the world, and he will be missed dearly by all that knew him. So think about what causes people that do something like that before saying that they deserve the death penalty. Think of how his classmates, family & friends would react if he was given the death penalty

    • He's Such a Good Boy!

      @Nikku, HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!! Anger and blind rage? Maybe. That mixed with viciousness and lack of respect for any human life. Just another black ass monkey gangster piece of sh!t! These violent little simians all need to be executed!

      • Boo F***in' Hoo

        Can’t agree with you more! Just another ungrateful little thug with no respect for his elders or himself. This grandmother could have just let his sorry a** go to foster care. She did all this for him and this is how he repays her? With a lamp upside the head and a knife in her back (figuratively as well as literally!)

  • true dat

    The kids at Gwendolyn Brooks, Selective Enrollment School would be heartbroken if anything happened to him.

  • Just Axin

    Nikku-I think you’re just being an idiot just for attention. No one cares why he murdered his grandma. The message killing him send will serve as a deterrent.



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