Trial starts in October for 2011 River Forest murder case

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By Deb Kadin

Contributing Reporter

A former North Chicago police officer, his son and an acquaintance will stand trial starting Oct. 21 for their involvement in the fatal shooting of a Chicago woman in a River Forest parking lot in 2011.

Devin Bickham Sr. and his son Devin Arvdell Bickham, both of Blue Island, and Cardell Taylor of Chicago were charged with first-degree murder in connection with the premeditated death of Chervon Monique Alexander.

The three have been held without bond in the Cook County Jail since their arrest on July 14, 2011.

Back in 2011, authorities accused Bickham Sr. of offering Taylor $400 if he would kill Alexander. Prosecutors said the older Bickham had been planning the crime for some time as a way of getting out his relationship with her.

Bickham Sr. and Alexander drove to a parking lot at the northeast corner of Division Street and Bonnie Brae Place, a spot they'd been to before. His alleged accomplices were in another car a block away. After getting a text message from the Bickham Sr., Taylor came to the car and shot Alexander several times, according to authorities.

After the shooting, which took place around 10:20 p.m. in a darkened parking lot shared by River Forest and Dominican University's Priory Campus, the older Bickham called police and pretended to be a witness to the shooting, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Bickham Sr. called 911 moments after his girlfriend's shooting in an attempt to distance himself from the crime.

The younger Bickham and Taylor were apprehended by Forest Park police roughly a mile from the crime scene. Alexander died around 11 p.m. at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

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