Charges Dropped In Triple Murder Outside Chatham Bakery

CHICAGO (STMW) — Prosecutors have dropped charges against a 17-year-old accused of killing three people outside a South Side bakery in November, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Nicko Grayson was accused of killing three people Nov. 5, including a young mother who had just returned to a car with a cake for her 2-year-old daughter’s birthday.

Prosecutors had said on Nov. 5, 2011, that Grayson, wearing black pants and a black hoodie, ran up to her car, reached in and kept firing, killing Chanda Thompson, 21; Cortez Champion; and another passenger, Shawn Russell.

Grayson was charged Nov. 7 with the murders.

Thompson was hit in the neck and back, and the two men were shot in the head and back as they sat in a parking lot in the 400 block of East 87th Street near A Piece of Cake Bakery shortly after 5 p.m.

“While the charges against Grayson were brought in good faith based on witness accounts and identifications, additional information has developed during the ongoing investigation that warranted dismissal of the murder charges against Grayson at this time,” a statement from the State’s Attorney’s office said.

“The murders of Cortez Champion, Shawn Russell and Chanda Thompson remain a continuing investigation being conducted by the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.”

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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  • dan

    Putting a murderous animal back on the streets? Let’s see how long it takes until it kills again!

    • NWA

      S.O.S…………I is the SON OF SATAN

    • NWA

      Wit yo stinkin’ momma!


      • Craig

        What? You approve of this little monkey getting off? What is your major malfunction? S.O.S.

  • Lyndia

    This boy jus need sum lovin. Once he be spendin sum time wif Lyndia he be alrite.

  • try to find me

    Who’s to say he did it the right person will be found and then who is going to look stupid once someone say that person did the crime everyone belives what the hear read and see then when it comes out that they was not the person they have in coustody everyone has something to say grow the hell up people and get a life it could have been you and judging someone

    • Jim

      If the police are smart, they will put a 24 hour tail on this criminal and arrest him working his craft somewhere else. They eventually will get him for something!!!

  • Lynae

    Chanda was a good friend of mine I don’t see how they could let this animal back on the street he took a mother away from her daughter. Too many ppl described and identified him how could they be wrong? Now they will never find who did it.

    • Yoly

      I hope if he is the one who did this, They will eventually get something on him that sticks. If he didn’t do it, the police need to concentrate on finding out who actually did do it. I’m sorry for your loss. I think too many innocent men have been locked up for things they didn’t do, if this man is guilty, he will mess up. Criminals are stupid, he may think he got away with it and get careless.

  • James

    There’s a payoff of some kind going on with this case.

  • sonnyboy77

    How is there a payoff when all of the victims are dead?

  • juju

    Just follow the trail of chicken bones. There you will find the great ape leader. Only he knows the truth about his kind.

  • semaj_wt95

    hes a good kid i know he didnt do it.its just wrong place wrong time

  • 94th

    now sense they found out he didnt do it they’re placing robbery on him…make up your mind

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