Friend doubts shooting victim knew her boyfriend was married

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

Andrea Winters' friendship with Chervon Alexander began back in 2006, when they met in a criminal justice degree program. According to Winters, they maintained a close relationship, often getting together for dinner or a night out at a club.

"She was extremely outgoing," Winters said, of the friend she remembered for her love of children and great sense of humor. Winters said Alexander had a daughter and also had custody of a young male relative. She doted on both children.

Winters said that Alexander did talk occasionally about her relationship with Devin Bickham, known only to her friend as "D." She said that to her knowledge, the relationship began back in September or October of last year.

"She seemed very happy with him," winters said. "She thought that they were going to get married."

Winters said she never met Bickham, but knew that he was the jealous type.

"That's why she stopped hanging out with us so much, because he began to display his jealous traits," she said. "When she did hang out with us, if he called, she had to leave." Alexander also deleted her Facebook account, because of her boyfriend's jealousy.

However, Alexander's Myspace Web page still exists. Sporting a pink background covered with hearts, Alexander's profile lists her marital status as "engaged."

Winters said she had no idea Bickham was married to another woman, and doubted that Alexander knew either.

"He had to be, at the very least, leading her on. ... If she knew [that he was married] from the beginning, I don't think she would have stayed in that relationship," Winters said. "She's not the type of girl to obsess over a guy."

Winters, who now works for an immigration law firm, said Alexander had been looking into a career as a police officer or probation officer before her death, and hoped to someday work with kids as well. She said she was shocked to hear the news of her friend's murder.

"She was one of the best fiends that anyone could ask for," Winters said.

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A Little Respect Please  

Posted: July 20th, 2011 3:19 AM

What kind of vile low class person would argue with a grieving family member and lecture them on the proper way to express their emotions? Why does the Wednesday Journal allow such disrespectful garbage to be posted?


Posted: July 20th, 2011 1:37 AM

You "know" he's not the jealous type, and you "know" he wouldn't lie about being married. Did you also "know" he would be a murderer? Did you "know" he would be so careless with the life of his own son? You're attempting to remove jealousy and lying from his character to replace it with what? I'm sorry for you misfortune, and any possible heartache for your son, but denial and drama will not change the man's character. Best wishes to you and all who were affected by this tragedy.

Sandra from Chicago  

Posted: July 19th, 2011 11:56 PM

Dear readers, this man who I have known since I was 16, is the father of my son, is NO JEALOUS MAN! I am in shock that this happended and am not condoning anything that happened here, but he was NOT the jealous type. He's been married for a while and never hid that. I have never known Devin to be anything like this. We are suffering in this as well as the family that lost Chervon. I am deeply sorry for what has happened. I pray to God every night for us all.


Posted: July 15th, 2011 11:13 PM

Please, people, remember this is a real tragedy that happened to a real person with a real family. This isn't just some blog about soap opera characters. I don't know why the WJ is allowing comments at this point.


Posted: July 15th, 2011 11:06 PM

(Ouch @ all of my typos.) With two separate people saying he was jealous and controlling, it could also be likely that jealousy and his controlling nature led him to make such a horrible decision. Whatever the case, I hardly see the value in raising a point about this with a cousin of the victim.


Posted: July 15th, 2011 11:02 PM

@Joe- All due respect, but isn't it possible that he was less than truthful in his reasoning for wanting her dead? Here's a man how put his own son's life and future on the line in order to hire a hit-man. I some how doubt his is word is very reliable. (Side note: I do believe one source said he was separated from his wife. He could have easily lied to her about having already divorced.)


Posted: July 15th, 2011 9:22 PM

With all due respect Cousin of Hers...I usually suggest that women ask men that are close to them of their opinions on other men. You say there is no way he was tired of her but he paid to get her murdered. Him being controlling and jealous does not mean he wants to remain in a relationship with her. Look at what he did. It's sad for the kids, for you all, even for his family...not one person wins here.

Violet Aura  

Posted: July 15th, 2011 2:16 PM

I was reading people's remarks on the Suntimes' site and they automatically assume that she knew and I don't get why people would do so. The way things are today with cell phones and email, you can give someone your cell number and the wife would never pick up the phone. And he could have made excuses and not invited her over. But the red flags are the controlling signs like making her get rid of her FB. Too bad no one warned her that he was bad news because he was isolating her!

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