CHICAGO (STMW) – A trial date has been set for early next year for one of four defendants charged in the fatal beating of 16-year-old Fenger High School honors student Derrion Albert last year.
A jury trial for Silvonus Shannon, 20, will begin Jan 7, 2011, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.
Three others charged in the murder — Carson Riley, Eugene Riley and Lapoleon Colbert — are scheduled for a status hearing Nov. 1, she said.
Murder charges were dropped against another defendant, Eugene Bailey, in October 2009.
Albert was an “innocent” bystander during a fight between two groups of students outside Fenger, prosecutors said. A cell phone video showed Albert being punched to the ground at the after-school melee Sept. 24, 2009.
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