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Family taunts man charged in 7-year-old girl’s murder

Jerrell Dorsey / phofrom Chicago Police.

Jerrell Dorsey / photo from Chicago Police.

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Updated: August 3, 2012 6:17AM

The alleged gang member accused of shooting dead 7-year-old girl Heaven Sutton is a “dangerous individual” who shouldn’t be allowed out of jail before he stands trial, a judge ruled Sunday.

Amid acrimonious scenes at the Cook County criminal court, Jerrell Dorsey was denied bail by Judge Adam D. Bourgeois.

“You’ll rot in jail!,” relatives of the murdered girl shouted at the 26-year-old as he was led from court at the end of the brief hearing. “You ain’t gonna sleep!”

They sobbed and taunted Dorsey as prosecutors laid out the allegations against him.

But Dorsey, wearing jeans, white sneakers and a white t-shirt in court, showed no emotion as Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Nyshana Sumner alleged he had fired 10 times Wednesday night into a crowd gathered at Heaven’s mom’s “home candy stand” in front of her home in the 1700 block of South Luna.

The prosecutor said Dorsey was a member of the 4 Corner Hustlers street gang and had shot into a crowd that included members of the rival Mafia Insane Vice Lords gang. Two witnesses saw him with a gun on the block and one saw him fire the shots that killed Heaven and injured a 19-year-old man, Sumner said.

Dorsey made statements to police that placed him at the scene, carrying the handgun, she added.

But Dorsey’s attorney, Eric Dunham, said that Dorsey was unarmed and was not the killer. He had arranged to turn himself in to police Saturday afternoon before he was arrested Friday night, he said, adding that Dorsey was “scared, he’s upset,” by the charges of first degree murder he now faces.

An unimpressed Bourgeois told Dorsey “You’re a dangerous individual — you and every individual who carries a weapon on the streets of Chicago.”

Heaven’s mother, Ashake Banks, welcomed the judge’s words.

Speaking outside court as sheriff’s deputies kept a close eye on the tense scene, she said Dorsey is “gonna eat baloney sandwiches...and the rats and the roaches (will) bite his ass.”

She advised him to “walk himself to P.C. [protective custody]” inside the jail to avoid injury. “He ain’t gonna be able to sleep where he’s going,” she said.

Leaving the building with a group of mourning relatives — some of whom were hysterical — she said, “We gotta go bury Heaven.”

According to media reports, the little girl’s funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mark International Christian Church, 832 N. Leclaire Ave.

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