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Woman Got Her Nails Done, Hair Replaced With Murder Victim's Cash: Charges

By  Erin Meyer and Emily Morris | April 25, 2013 8:24am | Updated on April 25, 2013 3:49pm

CHICAGO — A woman accused of robbing and killing a man on the West Side used the proceeds of the robbery to get her nails done and to replace some of the hair ripped from her scalp by the murder victim as he was being stabbed to death, prosecutors alleged Thursday.

Aushauntiara Cody, 21, is accused of taking the dead man's money to a salon after he was killed on Feb. 11.

Her brother, Victor Wilson, 24, of Rockford, and two others were also charged with murder in the slaying of Marquis Anderson, 22. Wilson wielded the steak knife and was the one who stabbed Anderson, prosecutors said.

Police found the Calumet City man dead of multiple stab wounds in an alley in the 5000 block of West Ohio Street about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 11.

In court on Thursday, Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Heather Kent said the victim didn't know Wilson and Cody, but saw them drinking and smoking and wanted to hang out with them.

He brought along booze and marijuana — and $250 in cash, which some of his alleged killers noticed, Kent said.

After hanging out, Cody and Wilson — along with Deandre Davenport, 20, and Carlisle Lopez, 17 — lured Anderson into an alley behind Cody and Wilson's mother's home, Kent said.

The four began beating and kicking Anderson, who was not armed. After rifling through his pockets and continuing to beat him, Wilson allegedly told the others that Anderson had to die because he knew where Wilson lived, Kent said.

Cody then gave Wilson a steak knife from their mother's home, and Wilson stabbed Anderson repeatedly in the chest, abdomen and neck, Kent said.

All four then ran to Wilson and Cody's mother's home while Anderson was left to die in the alley, Kent said.

When police found him dead, they also found the knife — and a clump of hair that prosecutors say Anderson ripped out of Cody's hair before he died, Kent said.

Charged with murder along with Cody and Wilson were: Davenport, of the 7800 block of South Vernon Avenue in Grand Crossing; and  Lopez, of the 5200 block of West Race Avenue in Austin.

Wilson was ordered held without bail Thursday. The other three were jailed on $500,000 bonds.

Anderson lived in the first block of South Webb Street in Calumet City, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Prosecutors said Cody admitted her crime to another person. When police found out, they searched the home of Cody's mother and found matching steak knives. Cody and Wilson were arrested, and Cody flipped on her co-defendants, giving investigators their names and what they did that night, Kent said.

Kent said all of the defendants have now admitted to their participating in the robbing, beating and stabbing of Anderson.