2 guilty of killing girl, 9, as she bathed dogs outside S. Side home
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Court Reporter March 26, 2014 3:57PM
Updated: April 28, 2014 10:32AM
Nine-year-old Chastity Turner was giving her pit bulls “Pinky” and “Diamond” a bath before a hail of the bullets intended for her drug-dealing father and his cohorts pierced her in the back on a hot summer evening in Englewood five years ago.
On Wednesday, the man behind the wheel and one of the gunman in the deadly June 24, 2009 drive-by shooting were found guilty of murdering Chastity as she tried to escape the violence in front of her father’s home, in the 7400 block of South Stewart.
“We are finally at peace. . . . It’s a bittersweet day for us,” Chastity’s aunt Royennea Petty said after Ronald Henderson, 33, and Kevin Stanley, 31, were convicted of murder and attempted murder charges.
“I think she’s [Chastity] smiling down [on us],” Petty said.
Chastity was a casualty of the drug turf war her Gangster Disciple father, Andre, was embroiled in, Cook County prosecutors said earlier in closing arguments.
Stanley and Henderson knew Chastity was situated near their targets but they “didn’t care,” Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Lattanzio said.
“The motive was greed and taking control of the block. . . . Money sales were number one. Drug sales were number one,” Lattanzio said.
Defense attorneys Lawrence Beaumont and Mark Kusatzky tried to discredit Andre Turner’s testimony but jurors apparently agreed with the prosecution’s account of how Henderson and Stanley killed Chastity, and left her father and two others injured in the spray of gunfire.
Outside court, Chastity’s mother Lakeisha Edward, 35, said Wednesday’s verdicts brought “closure” for her and her family.
A third man, Davionne Whitefield, 22, is awaiting trial.