By Carlos Sadovi
3:43 PM CDT, June 3, 2013
Even after Dionte Maxwell and others at a birthday party on the South Side had warned the party-crashers that they had to leave the home on Friday evening, the party-crashers refused and continued to push their way further into the home, prosecutors said today.
Among the party crashers were alleged P.Stone gang members Charles Southern, 19, and Roland Hayes, 17, and Darrius White, 16, who claimed the home on the 8400 block of South Constance Avenue as their own, prosecutors said.
"The defendants repeatedly stated that they owned the neighborhood and they owned the house, referring to the fact that it was P.Stone gang territory," prosecutors said in court today.
But while many of the party of about 25 people managed to push the trio and others out of the home, the three were then joined by another 8 to 10 members of their gang, prosecutors said.
Outside, their bravado continued as they were "continuing to declare that the house belonged to them," prosecutors said at the bond hearing today for Southern, Hayes and White who are charged with murder.
The gang members continued to threaten members of the party and then Southern threw a punch at a partygoer but instead hit Maxwell, 18, whose uncle owned the home in the Stony Island Park neighborhood, prosecutors said.
After Southern threw the punch, other members of the gang joined in and they pounced on the partygoers, hitting several other guests. As the attack continued, Southern pulled a gun out of his waistband and fired several times into Maxwell's body, prosecutors said.
Maxwell was hit once in the chest and twice in the back and died instantly, prosecutors said.
After the shooting, Southern and the others were identified by witnesses and were arrested at Southern's home on the 11000 block of South Vernon Avenue, prosecutors said.
Maxwell, who attended Chicago Vocational Career Academy and Rockford College, was pronounced dead shortly before midnight at Jackson Park Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The three were charged with first-degree murder, armed home invasion, attempted home invasion and mob action, police said.
Judge Adam Bourgeois ordered Southern held without bail and also ordered Hayes and White held on $250,000 bail.
Prosecutors said Southern has a robbery conviction as a juvenile and served 18 months probation and has a pending misdemeanor case for retail theft. Hayes was convicted as a juvenile for two separate aggravated unlawful use of a weapon charges and is currently on probation as a juvenile. White has a conviction as a juvenile for unlawful use of a weapon and was sentenced to 15 months probation as a juvenile.
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