Bail de­nied in fatal pitch­fork stab­bing of 96-year-old woman

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MATTHEW HEN­DRICK­SON, STAFF RE­PORTER mhen­drick­son@sun­times.com | @MHen­drick­sonCST

A Gre­sham man was or­dered held with­out bail Thurs­day for al­legedly at­tack­ing his mother and grand­mother with a pitch­fork, stab­bing the older woman to death dur­ing what a Cook County judge de­scribed as a “ter­ri­fy­ing scene” wit­nessed by neigh­bors.

The at­tack be­gan about 11 a.m. Tues­day when Du­juan Ran­dle, 41, kicked in the door of his grand­mother, 96, and 73-year-old mother’s home, in the 7700 block of South Laflin Street and de­manded “his money his fam­ily was hold­ing for him,” pros­e­cu­tors said.

When Ran­dle, who lived in the base­ment of the build­ing, burst through the door, he was bleed­ing from a head wound and wear­ing a torn shirt, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Ran­dle fol­lowed the two women into the kitchen and then punched his grand­mother, Myr­tis Jack­son, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Ran­dle left briefly and came back with a pitch­fork, pros­e­cu­tors said.

He then chased the two se­nior cit­i­zens from the kitchen to the front yard, where he al­legedly punched his grand­mother again and stomped on her head sev­eral times af­ter she fell to the ground.

He then stabbed her with the pitch­fork, pros­e­cu­tors said.

When his mother screamed for him to stop, Ran­dle turned on her, punch­ing and stomp­ing her be­fore stab­bing her with the pitch­fork, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Ran­dle chased one of the neigh­bors who wit­nessed the at­tack back into her home, where she called the po­lice, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Jack­son died from her in­juries. Ran­dle’s mother re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized, “suf­fer­ing from sig­nif­i­cant pain,” pros­e­cu­tors said.

Ran­dle was taken to St. Bernard Hos­pi­tal for his head wound.

He al­legedly was recorded ad­mit­ting he at­tacked his rel­a­tives on the body-worn cam­era of the of­fi­cers who took him into cus­tody.

Ran­dle is fac­ing mur­der and at­tempted mur­der charges.

“It’s a ter­ri­fy­ing scene, I’m sure, to watch play out in front of their homes,” Judge Mary Maru­bio said of the deadly as­sault neigh­bors saw.

An as­sis­tant pub­lic de­fender said Ran­dle is a high school grad­u­ate who at­tended two years of col­lege and pre­vi­ously worked as an un­armed se­cu­rity guard at a beauty salon.

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