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Dart: ‘I Hate You’ song was woman’s cue to kill pregnant teen

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



This is the song, the violent awful song that heralded the death of Rosemary Newman at the hands of her unborn baby’s father and his girlfriend.

I hate you when you’re gone, I hate you turn me on

I hate the way I need you when I don’t know where you are

I love it even more when I find you on the floor

I know you think you hate me but I will always hate you more

Shante Thomas hid in the trunk of her boyfriend’s car, waiting for her cue to initiate their sinister plan.

So Deandre Minkens turned up the volume on “I Hate You,” by the Sick Puppies, and Thomas emerged from the trunk with a cell phone charger cord, and the death of the 18-year-old mother to-be began.

The murder ended many minutes and many miles later in a Cook County’s forest preserve near Calumet City, despite Newman’s efforts to fight off Minkens and Thomas and flee the car.

Such chilling details emerged Friday, told by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, after Judge Darron E. Bowden ordered Minkens, 20, of Calumet City, held without bail and Thomas, 19, of Dolton, held on $3 million bail in Newman’s murder.

Minkens and Thomas are charged with the first-degree murder of Newman, who was nine months pregnant with a girl fathered by Minkens, Assistant State’s Attorney Lynette Cusack said.

They’re also charged with the intentional homicide of the unborn child.

“The motive is quite clear,” Dart said. “One defendant did not want to be a father.

“He was clear he didn’t want this baby.”

Minkens and Thomasplotted to murder Newman, who claimed Minkens was the father of the unborn girl she planned to name Nevaeh, “Heaven” backwards, investigators said. The defendants had been dating for years, they worked together at Wendy’s and they did not want to deal with a baby.

So on Saturday Minkens invited Newman to dinner at the Crestwood Applebee’s while Thomas hid inthe trunk of his Saturn, waiting for them to come back, Dart said.

During dinner, Newman called her mother to tell her she was at dinner with Minkens.

The couple returned to the car, where Thomas was hiding behind some clothes in the trunk, Dart said, awaiting the signal.

Minkens turned up the song and Thomas lunged with the cord. Then he put Newman in a chokehold and she beatNewman after the cord broke.

Newman tried to get out, tried to fight back, Dart said. But they continued the attack as Minkens drove the car to the forest preserves near his house in Calumet City.

Newman was unconscious but still alive at that point, Dart said.

Minkens carried Thomas out of the car and finished her off, Dart said. The couple left her body on the ground of the Calumet City Playfield, Dart said, then headed to a nightclub.

By the time Newman’s mother reported her missing Sunday morning, her partially clothed body already had been found in the forest preserve by a man walking his dog. Her pants had been removed.

In addition to the murder charges, Minkens is charged with obstruction for resisting the police in charge of booking him at the courthouse Thursday.

Their public defender, Angela Kilpatrick, said Thomas attends Sullivan High School in Chicago and has no criminal record, but Minkens dropped out of school after junior year. He’s on probation for a theft conviction stemming from a September robbery of a backpack from a 14-year-old boy, and on more probation on a case out of Georgia, where he was convicted of cruelty to children.

Neither spoke at Friday’s hearing, where they stood dressed in street clothes, Thomas in jeans adorned with white butterflies.

Newman’s family did not attend the hearing. They were preparing to bury her and her tiny baby Friday afternoon in Beverly Cemetery.

Filling Gatling’s Chapel in Chicago, they sang for their daughter and friend, their niece and sister and cousin, and for her little baby, laid out in her mother’s arms in a sweetly flowered dress.

They spoke of Newman’s sunny manner, the glow she took on when talking about her pregnancy, the promise she showed in her GED classes at Moraine Valley Community College.

They read from Scripture comforting passages about God wiping away the tears, and wept.

And this is the song at the end of the memorial that urged her grieving mother out of the chair she’d collapsed into, clapping and swaying with her relatives:

Trouble in my way. I have to cry sometimes.

Trouble in my way. I have to cry sometimes.

I laid awake at night. But that is alright.

Jesus, he will fix it, after while.



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