AP, January 6, 2017
A Cook County judge on Friday ordered four African-American defendants accused of holding a white schizophrenic man captive and torturing him for hours held without bond, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
The four appeared before Cook County Associate Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil on Thursday afternoon, when she asked them “Where was your sense of decency?”
They face charges of aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Hill is also charged with robbery, residential burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. In addition, Cooper and Brittany Covington are charged with residential burglary.
The hate crime charges are based on the victim’s race and mental disability, prosecutors said.