Aldi Murder Suspect Found Hanged In Cell

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UPDATED 11/17/11 5:07 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A man charged in the murder of a security guard at an Auburn-Gresham neighborhood Aldi store was found hanged in his cell at a police station lockup early Thursday.

Police say Develt Bradford, 52, was found hanged in a holding cell at the Calumet District police station, 727 E. 111th St.

Jail staff said Bradford committed suicide by hanging himself with his pajamas.

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He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:03 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Police News Affairs said Bradford was checked on 10 minutes before he was found dead, and that cells are usually checked every 15 minutes.

Bradford, of the 5200 block of South Damen Avenue, had been set to appear for a bond hearing Thursday on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery for the Nov. 10 robbery and murder at the Aldi store at 9001 S. Halsted St.

Security guard Reginald Lanier, 54, of the Beverly neighborhood, was killed during the robbery, and a 67-year-old woman who was shopping at the store was injured as she tried to escape.

Two armed robbers came up to a register at the Aldi around 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, and announced a robbery.

Lanier got into a struggle with one of the suspects, who pulled out a gun and shot him multiple times in the head and upper torso, police said.

The woman who was trying to escape was shot in the leg as she tried to run out. She was treated and released at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

“I was saying, ‘God, I don’t want to go like this,’” she told CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot.

As the woman crawled to the exit, trying to escape, she saw Lanier on the floor with his eyes closed.

Bradford was also charged with two counts of armed robbery for another holdup at the Aldi at 47th Street and Ashland Avenue on Oct. 28, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office told the Sun-Times Media Wire.

suspect Aldi Murder Suspect Found Hanged In Cell

Michael Smith (Chicago Police Dept.)

Sources said Bradford told police he didn’t shoot Lanier, that his partner did. Sources also said Bradford gave everyone up who was involved in the robbery, before he hanged himself.

Another suspect, Michael Smith, remains on the loose in the Nov. 10 robbery and murder. Police on Thursday released his identity and photo and ask the public to call (312) 747-8272 if they have information.

  • joe citizen

    Perfect! He saved our tax dollars.

    • Roberta Waker

      Amen to that. I think most Illinois citizens are getting very tired of supporting murderers and rapists for life in this state. Maybe if the governor paid for their maintenance, he wouldn’t have eliminated the death penalty.

  • Just Axin

    They should probably hand out ropes to all violent offenders who are awaiting trial.

  • Grim Reaper

    Hopefully it was a slow painful death.

  • PG

    His family will no doubt sue the police department for not watching him closely and letting him hang himself.

    Personally, I’m glad that he did, but I just know how the system works.

  • Karen

    Good riddance!

  • NWA


    WHY DADDY WHY??????????


    • Tyreese

      NWA, that is absolutely hilarious, keep up the good humor! HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!! Why daddy why, HaHaHaHaHa!!!

    • NWA

      At least my daddy did commit a Sandusky.


      • NWA


        Who’s yo daddy? My guess would be Paul LaDuke.


      • NWA

        Who’s my daddy???


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  • Hamburglar

    It’s kind of like the do it yourself death penalty. Hopefully this will catch on in prison.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Give a crook enough rope and he’ll hang himself. I hope they recycle those jammies to another inmate

  • Just Axin

    Those cops in lockup should be given an award.


    You all are very ignorant with the comments you posted about the death of this man. We all make mistakes! NO ONE CAME INTO THIS WORLD PERFECT AND SOME WILL NOT LEAVE PERFECT. IF THAT WAS A LOVE OF YOURS I DONT THINK YOU WOULD BE MAKING THESE COMMENTS AND PROBABLY HALF OF YOU ALL THAT MADE THESE CRUEL COMMENTS HAVE SOMEONE IN JAIL THAT ARE ALSO WASTING OUR TAX DOLLARS! I PRAY THAT GOD HAS MERCY ON THESE COMMENTS AND ON YOUR THOUGHTS! HE MADE A MISTAKE SO GET OVER IT!!!!!!! Also, yes to the person who said she should sue the police department for not watching him close enough! SHE HAS EVERY RIGHT TOO (If it really happened the way they said it did “Suicide”)

    • Karen

      We ALL don’t make this sort of mistake! You seem to be the only one relating. I know I don’t have any loved ones like this, thank goodness! This guy was wasting air! You can pray that God will have mercy on all of your loved one’s who are locked up, but good luck with that! Now that the death penalty has been abolished, there should be a rope in every cell of the murderers. What if it was your loved one that got killed by this low life? Ever think about what that family is going through?


    Yes I did think about that! I thought about that when I first heard about the situation. Im thinking about both families. Both families lost a son, a father, and maybe even a husband and some a grandfather or even an uncle! If you would have read correctly I said I pray that God would have mercy on you all thoughts and comments not the people that are in jail(but they are included) There was another way that this man could have served his time besides suicide. YES I AM RELATING TO HIM AND YOU ARE BEING CRUEL! And yes you are right we all dont make this kind of mistake but we all make mistakes period! NO ONE WAS BORN PERFECT LIKE I STATED ABOVE! Both families are going through and Im praying for both. I never said he was right for what he did BUT WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE?!?!?!?!? Have you ever heard the qoute ” ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE US” and that definitely is a true statement because we dont have a heaven or hell to put anybody in. ALSO YOU DONT EVEN KNOW IF HE WAS THE SHOOTER THERE WERE OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS ACT! You said above ” This guy was wasting our time” is not true because there are many other things he did right so right now YOURE WASTING MY TIME! THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!

    • Jim Hamilton

      This man had a hand in killing others and didn’t have the courage to face his pears for what he done the man was a coward

      • Jim Hamilton

        I’m glad to see he belived in the death penalty for people such as himself.

  • Sadden

    These are very sad events for all concern; especially in our black community; drugs is the culprit of most of these out rageous crimes, and very sad indeed. Two lives are gone as a result…who’s left hurting the families. Both men are someone’s chile, brother, dad and friend. It is never nice to get joy out of senseless dying. We all know where we have been, but we do not know where we are going. Prayer, would be the best thing in this case for both families asking that God will comfort them and shower them with love during this time.

    • Jim Hamilton

      Drugs didn’t kill this man a pair of jammies wrapt nice and tight around his neck did it. Drugs didn’t kill that security guard this man did it!

      as I said i’m glad to see he believes in capital punishment now he can explain to God drugs did it!

  • Jim Hamilton

    *Jammies Wrapped around his neck by him he did it not the drugs!

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