Lawyers in River Forest murder case butt heads over DNA testing

Defense wants access to DNA from the gun allegedly used to kill Chervon Alexander in River Forest in July


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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

A lawyer for one of three men involved in the July murder of a Chicago woman in River Forest objected last week to a request to consume DNA evidence that's still being tested.

Until more information is available, attorney Alfredo Maldonado, who represented Cardell Taylor during a status hearing at Maybrook courthouse, Jan. 4, said he objected to the consumption requested by Assistant State's Attorney Maureen O'Brien.

Maldonado said he didn't know what methodology was being used to conduct the tests of DNA swabs from the gun allegedly used to kill 29-year-old Chervon Alexander. Since there's a possibility he could conduct his own investigation using different methodology, he said he didn't want all of the DNA used up.

O'Brien said she could get notes about the methodology though they'd be incomplete because the testing is ongoing.

While Maldonado and O'Brien discussed the testing in front of Judge Noreen Love, Taylor, 35, the alleged shooter, and Devin Bickham Sr., 39, Alexander's boyfriend, appeared in yellow prison outfits and did not speak. Bickham's son, Devin Bickham Jr., 20, appeared separately.

All three men are facing first-degree murder charges for Alexander's death. Bickham Sr. allegedly drove her to a parking lot near Priory Park on the night of July 11. Taylor then approached the vehicle and opened fire through the passenger-side window, where Alexander was sitting. Bickham Jr. allegedly drove the getaway car.

They are due back in court on Feb. 14.

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Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: January 6th, 2012 3:13 PM

However, in my case it does. John, in all my life, this case and their opinion is of no burden what so ever. Small people think and talk small, and hide.They will never know what it is like to stand for anything.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 6th, 2012 1:01 PM

This is a twenty-five year old case that resulted in a not guilty verdict. I think it is only fair to get off Brian's back.

Marcia Clark  

Posted: January 6th, 2012 12:55 PM

Being found not guilty doesn't mean you are innocent, OJ.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: January 6th, 2012 12:41 PM

The law suit that I as well as the other people named were found not guilty?With a sympathetic judge and jury that the other side helped pick. Mostly, I criticize upper management of the OPPD. The fish rots from the head down.

OP Rez  

Posted: January 6th, 2012 11:29 AM

No Brian, its just dont criticize the OP PD! Remember Don Bennet and your law suit?

Actually Rick...  

Posted: January 6th, 2012 9:14 AM

...she wrote "one of three men ALLEGEDLY involved".. Unless there was a recent change in the wording, it's you not her. If there was a change, I stand corrected.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: January 5th, 2012 9:55 PM

Rick, didnt you get the memo from Dan Haley. We are not supposed to criticize Devin Rose.

Rick Hutt from Oak Park  

Posted: January 5th, 2012 4:31 PM

Your article says that "A lawyer for one of three men involved in the July murder..." Isn't it more accurate and ethical to say that the man is charged, or accused of being involved?

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