Shooting victim said he wouldn’t snitch — for $1,000: prosecutors
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter August 27, 2013 5:42PM
Updated: September 29, 2013 6:47AM
Anyone who has been on the wrong side of a gun in the Chicago area is well aware of the “no snitch” culture that prevails in the streets.
But when he was shot this past July in Markham, Larry Dennis did not hesitate to identify the man who he said wounded him.
But then the 29-year-old figured he could make a few bucks in exchange for his silence, Cook County prosecutors said.
Last week, Dennis assured a relative of the alleged shooter David Gordon that he’d refuse to testify against Gordon for “a grand,” prosecutors said.
Dennis met with that relative at a coffee shop in suburban Homewood on Monday to allegedly collect the cash.
Little did he know authorities had initiated an undercover investigation after he allegedly made the illegal proposal.
Dennis was arrested right after he left the coffee shop with the $1,000, prosecutors said.
On Tuesday, the Markham man was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bail for bribery at the Markham courthouse.
The case against Gordon, the alleged shooter, is pending and he’ll be back in court for his aggravated battery with a firearm charge on Wednesday.
Gordon, 21, allegedly shot at Dennis and others from his car after Gordon got into an argument with the group in Markham on July 7. The Riverdale man was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to court records.
A man who answered Gordon’s phone Tuesday said he did not hear about Dennis’ alleged plan or his arrest.
Dennis has a previous 2011 weapons conviction and a 2002 armed robbery conviction, prosecutors said.