CHICAGO — A man charged in the death of an 86-year-old he allegedly beat to death after an argument over a can of food was held on $900,000 bond Friday.
Donald Henry, 56, was charged with armed violence and four counts of aggravated battery in the death of 86-year-old Ellison Jordan.
On April 21, Henry and Jordan were arguing over a can of food in the kitchen in Jordan's home in the 1900 block of South Homan Avenue, prosecutors said.
Jordan then picked up a wooden stick while standing across the kitchen, but remained where he was. Henry left to get a wooden baseball bat from his bedroom, prosecutors said.
When Henry returned, he ran at the 86-year-old man and hit him several times in the head with the bat in front of two witnesses who also lived at the home, prosecutors said.
After the incident, Henry briefly left the scene but was arrested by police when he returned.
Jordan was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition with head injuries. He was continuously hospitalized after the attack, with only the ability to open his eyes, until dying Sept. 22 at a nursing and rehabilitation center, prosecutors said.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Jordan's death a homicide due to multiple injuries by assault.