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Video Posted on Facebook leads to 62-year-olds’ Murderers

July 18th, 2012 at 8:00 am

62-year-old Delfino Mora of the 6000 block of North Washtenaw was collecting cans to support his 12 children when he was beaten to death.  He was attacked on the 6300 block of North Artesian Avenue early Tuesday morning, the 10th of July.  A man discovered him three hours after his beating with blood streaming out of his nostrils and vomit by his head.  When authorities found him he was unconscious but still breathing.  He was beaten so badly that he died the next day from blunt force head trauma.  A doctor at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston pronounced him dead at 3:30 on Wednesday.

A week after the attack occurred, Chicago police had started piecing together what happened to Mora.  The attack was recorded on a cell phone and that video ended up being posted to one of the attacker’s Facebook page.  16-year-old Malik Jones was identified in the video by someone who passed on the video until it reached the victim’s son.  It was then that the police were notified of this video and Malik, who authorities say is a gang member, was taken into custody.  He faces being charged as an adult with murder in the first degree.  Jones was with two of his friends, Nicholas Ayala, 17, and Anthony Malcolm, 18, who took turns filming the attack.  They also have charges brought against them for their involvement.

These three teens were allegedly playing a game called “pick ‘em out and knock ‘em out”.  The premise of the game is to choose a random person to beat up and then rob.  Jones asked Mora what he had in his pockets and then connected with the man’s jaw.  The resulting hit made Mora hit the ground with such a force that more than likely knocked him unconscious.  This was the third time just this year that an attack in Chicago was taped and shared on social media websites.  These other instances also led to the arrest of atleast one teen, if not more.

If you have been accused of assault or even murder, there is no time to waste.  Charges can escalate when there is social pressure in highly publicized cases such as this one which involves juveniles being tried as adults.  Please contact an accomplished criminal defense attorney in Cook County, IL.

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