Man accused of trying to hire undercover cop to commit murder
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org October 31, 2012 3:44PM
Updated: October 31, 2012 4:25PM
For over two months, authorities said a man named “Big Mo” negotiated with Antonio Cooper about killing off a witness in Cooper’s pending murder trial in Markham.
Problem was “Big Mo” is actually an undercover Cook County sheriff’s deputy.
As a result Cooper, a barber from Hazel Crest, is now also facing solicitation of murder charges, prosecutors said.
Between August and Oct. 20, Cooper, 37, had several conversations on the phone with the undercover officer about killing the witness, assistant state’s attorney Daniel Weiss said.
Cooper offered between $4,000 and $5,000 for the hit, Weiss said.
The 295-pound Cooper, who waddled into court with a walking cane Wednesday, was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail.
He is currently being held without bond for his murder case, Weiss said.