CHICAGO (STMW) — A Cook County jury on Friday evening is deliberating the fate of a man accused of tying up former NBA star Antoine Walker and his assistant in an armed home invasion three years ago.
Demorris Hill, 28, is one of four men charged in the July 9, 2007, armed robbery and home invasion of Walker’s River North home.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Lake-Effect Snow On The Way With 6 To 8 Inches Possible In Some Areas; Winter Storm Warning Issued
The jury began deliberating about 1:20 p.m. Friday and at 3:30 p.m. requested a transcript of co-defendant Phillip Allison’s testimony, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said. As of 5 p.m., the jury was still deliberating.
Allison testified against Hill on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Walker testified, detailing his account of the attack. “I just wanted to follow directions and keep my head down,” he said.
Walker testified he was in his garage sitting in his Cadillac Escalade waiting for his assistant Tyrone Ivery to return from Niketown when three men accosted him.
Walker said the $1,500 in cash and cell phone he had on his lap fell as he got up and “listened” to the instructions the men gave him as they escorted him back inside the house with their weapons.
“They asked me who was in the house, what was upstairs,” Walker, 34, told Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Mark Shlifka.READ MORE: View Live Radar
Two of the masked gunmen asked Walker, then with the Miami Heat, to sit on the floor at the foot of his bed. Minutes later, the other gunman came up with Ivery and also ordered him on the floor, the former Mount Carmel star said, his 6-foot-9 frame jutting out from the witness chair.
The men took Walker’s briefcase that had $10,000 to $20,000 inside as well as 15 to 16 custom-made watches, cuff links and a diamond necklace, Walker said.
Then they forced Walker and Ivery into Walker’s walk-in closet and duct-taped their ankles, arms and mouth before asking them to count to a thousand, Walker said.
One man later returned and asked for the keys to Walker’s Mercedes CL550.
Last year, Antoine Larkins was sentenced to 21 years in prison for his involvement in the crime. Gregory Reedfields, the getaway driver, was sentenced to four years.
Hill and Larkins were also charged in the 2007 break-in at New York Knicks Center Eddy Curry’s Burr Ridge home.MORE NEWS: Two Men Shot Dead In Car In Ravenswood; Car Goes On To Crash And Catch Fire
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