2nd person held in girl’s murder released without charges
BY HUNTER CLAUSS Staff Reporter email@example.com July 7, 2012 10:00PM
Updated: July 8, 2012 12:26AM
A second person arrested for the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Heaven Sutton has been released without charges, a police spokesman said Saturday night.
The arrest of the person — who was never identified — was announced Friday. Officials gave few additional details as to why or when the person was released.
“I’m surprised,” Sutton’s mother, Ashake Banks, said Saturday night. She said police had not notified her of the person’s release.
A 26-year-old gang member, Jerrell Dorsey, is already being held without bond in connection with the shooting.
Dorsey, of the 1600 block of North Laramie, was charged last week with one count of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, police said. Judge Adam D. Bourgeois denied Dorsey bond during a brief hearing last Sunday.
The young girl was murdered after two men approached a group of people in the 1700 block of North Luna about 10:40 p.m. June 27 and opened fire, police said. A 19-year-old man also was shot in the ankle.
Dorsey’s arrest last week brought tears to the eyes of the girl’s mother.
“It made me feel a little bit better,” Banks said at the time. Banks said she “was thankful that the Chicago Police Department [and] neighbors acted so quickly. ... I can’t stop thanking them.”
Heaven was gunned down after she had just finished selling candy under a canopy on the lawn near her home. Police say an ongoing feud between warring gangs — the Four Corner Hustlers and the Maniac Insane Vice Lords — is to blame for the stray shot that hit Heaven in the back.