The man who allegedly used an AK-47 style weapon to fire more than two dozen shots into the car carrying 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams at a West Side McDonald’s, and then fled the state to avoid arrest, has been ordered held without bail.
According to Cook County prosecutors, Devontay Anderson left Illinois after the fatal shooting of Adams in April and went to Florida before returning to Chicago where he was arrested by authorities on Monday.
He appeared in Cook County court Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, and was denied bail pending trial.
Anderson was one of two men who allegedly opened fire on a vehicle driven by Adams’ father at a Homan Square neighborhood McDonald’s drive-thru just after 4 p.m. on April 18. Prosecutors said 47 shell casings were recovered at the scene.
“This is a violent offense with an extensive number of bullets fired, again, in a busy area, without regard to the physical safety of others, without regard to the fact that it was in broad daylight and on surveillance camera,” Judge Mary Catherine Marubio said during Wednesday’s hearing.
The other alleged shooter, Demond Goudy, and the alleged getaway driver, Marion Lewis, have both been arrested, charged and held without bail in this case.
Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy on Wednesday again recounted the details of the shooting.
As Adams and her father sat in the drive-thru, a silver Audi allegedly carrying the three defendants pulled up behind it. According to Murphy, Goudy and Anderson — armed with a .40 caliber handgun and a Draco AK-47 firearm with a “banana” clip — exited that car, walked to Adams’ vehicle and began firing.
The pair then returned to the Audi, but got out a second time and began firing again once Adams’ vehicle moved forward slightly, Murphy said.
Jaslyn Adams was struck three times, in the upper back, arm and leg, and was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital. Her father was shot in the torso but survived his injuries.
“They fire numerous, numerous, numerous shots, over and over into that car and at that car,” Murphy said. “And because of that, a 7-year-old girl doesn’t get to grow up.”
According to Murphy, police recovered 28 shell casings that were later tied to Anderson’s weapon, and 19 casings that were tied to Goudy’s weapon. Investigators later found a video posted to social media by Lewis that showed the three men together inside the Audi taken about an hour before the shooting, Murphy said.
In that video, the men were wearing the same clothes that were seen on surveillance footage from the McDonald’s. Murphy said Adams’ father also identified Lewis, and said that Lewis had previously made threats against him.
Both Lewis and Goudy were arrested within days of the shooting, but Anderson eluded capture for months.
The FBI in May issued a $10,000 reward for Anderson’s capture, and federal documents revealed that a social media account linked to him had pinged in Miami days after the fatal shooting.
According to Murphy, Anderson was arrested by FBI agents Monday as he attempted to flee through a yard on foot.
Anderson is due back in court on Aug. 9.