Bail denied for man linked to Matteson tobacconist shooting that left 1 dead and 1 injured – Chicago Tribune

A Cook County judge has denied bail for a Park Forest man accused of opening fire at a southern suburban tobacconist, killing one man and injuring another last week.

Ephram Layton faces first-degree murder and attempted murder charges related to Wednesday night’s shooting at the Exotic Smoke Shop in Matteson. A second gunman remained at large.

Killed in the shooting was Robert Triplett, 18, of Chicago Heights, officials said. The second victim, also 18, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and remained hospitalized until Sunday, prosecutors said.

During a bail hearing broadcast on YouTube, authorities did not offer any possible motive for the shooting, but gave indications that the victims and defendants knew each other.

Video surveillance from the store captured Layton and a second gunman drawing handguns and opening fire on the two victims, who tried to flee, prosecutors said.

Layton’s defense attorney defended possible self-defense, pointing out that a firearm was found in one of the victim’s vehicles, and asked the judge to consider his lack of criminal record. Prosecutors noted that none of the victims were armed when they were shot.

Because prosecutors have yet to determine which gunmen killed and wounded the victims, Judge Barbara Lynette Dawkins said a mandatory “no bail” order did not apply, but she complied with the prosecutors’ second request, deeming Layton a danger to the victims. victims. and the public.

Layton is due to return to court on Wednesday.

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