Attorney: Suspect in fatal Schaumburg parking lot shooting was defending himself
A man shot Monday in a Walgreens parking lot in Schaumburg accused his attacker before he died, prosecutors said during a bond hearing Friday for the Glendale Heights man charged with his murder.
Quentin Tillison, 37, reportedly told police and witnesses, "It was Oliver. Oliver did this," prosecutors said during a hearing for Oliver Rhone, whose attorney said Rhone acted in self-defense.
"The narrative discussed here is an absolute false narrative," said Rhone's attorney Ken Merlino, adding "this is one of the weakest first-degree murder cases ever filed."
Rhone was ordered held without bail. If convicted he could face life in prison. He next appears in court Sept. 13.
After making a purchase at the Walgreens store about 5:18 p.m. Monday, Tillison passed Rhone's white Buick on his way to his own car, prosecutors say. Rhone got out of his car and approached Tillison, and the two began to argue, Cook County assistant state's attorney Alyssa Grissom said. She did not say what the argument was about.
Grissom said Rhone pointed a handgun at Tillison, then fired as Tillison turned to flee, striking him in the stomach.
Tillison ran and ducked behind a vehicle, with Rhone following, gun in hand, Grissom said. Tillison then jumped over bushes onto Roselle Road, where he collapsed, Grissom said. Rhone, whose iPhone was found at the scene, returned to his car and left, Grissom said, adding that video surveillance footage from the Walgreens and a nearby restaurant corroborated the chain of events.
Several witnesses also reported seeing the argument, the shooting, the pursuit and Rhone's departure, Grissom said. Witnesses said Tillison did not have a weapon and police did not recover one from the scene, Grissom said.
Tillison died about 2 a.m. Tuesday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
Rhone surrendered to police Wednesday.
In court, Merlino claimed Tillison has "spent the last couple of years hunting Oliver," who Merlino said is a licensed gun owner who has firearm training and was in the process of obtaining a concealed carry permit.
Last year at a restaurant, Merlino said, Tillison threatened to "put a bullet" in his client. Merlino said Tillison stabbed Rhone in the throat in July. Merlino acknowledged no charges were filed in either case.
Tillison's mother, Marchillia Winfield, described her son as a good-hearted person.
"My son didn't deserve to die that way," said Winfield, who told reporters she intended to pray for Rhone and his family.
"It's sad things had to go like this," added Tillison's brother, Mark Doss.