Three women will return to court on Aug. 3 after being charged with first-degree murder in the Palos Township home invasion that left one of their male accomplices dead and a second wounded, authorities said.
The homeowner fatally shot one of the male intruders and wounded a second when the five young suspects, all from Indiana, forced their way into his home, according to the Cook County Sheriff.
Sheriff’s police responded to the home invasion at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, at the residence in the area of Will-Cook Road and 118th Street, near Palos Park.
The victim of the home invasion has a valid Firearm Owner ID card and a concealed-carry permit, and was not charged for shooting the two male intruders, Sheriff’s police said.
The homeowner told police that he fired his weapon at the intruders as they tried to enter his residence in an apparent robbery attempt gone very wrong for the five suspects.
Anthony Dalton, 19, from Cedar Lake, Ind., was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to police.
Defendants Brandy Marshall, 19, Paige Marshall, 20, both of Lake Station, Ind., and Sarah Risner, 20, are being held in Cook County Jail on $2 million bond each. Brandy and Paige are sisters. Bond was set last Thursday when the three women appeared in bond court in the Bridgeview Courthouse.
The fourth defendant, Tyler Gulli, 23, remained in Advocate Christ Hospital Medical Center in Oak Lawn this week, recovering from a broken femur suffered when he was shot in the leg. He will appear in bond court after he is released.
Both Gulli and Dalton pointed knives at the homeowner when they entered the foyer of his home with the three women before he shot them, the victim reported to police.
When the three women appeared in bond court in Bridgeview last Thursday, some details of the case were revealed, showing that it wasn’t a random act.
Prosecutors said that Brandy Marshall had contacted the homeowner earlier that day on July 5 and arranged to have sex with him at his residence, according to published reports. She reportedly had engaged in sexual relations with the man before in exchange for money.
But this time, she and Risner allegedly planned to rob him with Paige Marshall, Gulli and Dalton. Prosecutors said the plan was for Brandy and Risner to both go into the homeowner’s residence while the other three waited outside in hiding.
Then, when the homeowner was distracted, one of them would open the door for the male accomplices, armed with knives, and Paige Marshall
The five reportedly arrived at the home about 10:30 p.m. that night, and the two women went inside. But when Risner was unable to unlock the door to go outside, supposedly to get condoms, the homeowner opened it and saw one of the defendants hiding outside. He slammed the door and went for his gun, returning to find Paige Marshall, Gulli and Dalton in the doorway wearing hoods and bandannas.
Prosecutors said Dalton was in front pointing a knife, and was fatally shot in the chest. Police later found his body in the doorway.
The homeowner then fired another round hitting Gulli in the leg. The prosecutor said Risner, Gulli and Brandy Marshall fled in the vehicle they came in, leaving Paige Marshall behind. Police found her in the yard, and she allegedly gave them information about the others.
“The last time there was a shooting of any kind in Palos Park was more than 10 years ago,” Palos Park Police Chief Joe Miller said on Tuesday. His officers were called on to assist Cook County Sheriff’s Police at the scene.
“Every now and then, these things can happen anywhere. But this was obviously not a random act. One of the offenders had been there before,” he noted.
“Very seldom, does something like that happen. But in today’s world, you never know,” he added.