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Man Accused in Gas Station Homicide to Be Moved to Medical Ward

The new attorney for Dennis Joyner, 60, who is accused a shooting a man over a rental dispute, asked a Cook County judge to move Joyner to the medical ward of the county jail because he has a chest defibrillator and severe gout.


A Park Forest man accused in the shooting death of a Chicago Heights man over a rental dispute will be moved to the medical ward of the Cook County Department of Corrections.

Prosecutors have charged Joyner with two felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and eight felony counts of murder in the shooting death of 40-year-old Robert Fortson.

Sam Adam Jr., the defense attorney for 60-year-old Dennis Joyner, told Cook County Judge Darron E. Bowden during a preliminary hearing in the Markham courthouse Wednesday, Oct. 3 that Joyner has a defibrillator in his chest and suffers from severe gout.

Adam recently joined the case and appeared in court next to the unshaven Joyner, clad in bright yellow Department of Corrections garb. The judge granted the request to allow a doctor to see Joyner, who has been in custody since the Sept. 11 shooting and was denied bail.

Authorities say Joyner, a retired state trooper, was in a dispute with Fortson over a rental property that Joyner owned. The dispute ended with Joyner shooting Fortson several times at the Mobil gas station in the 400 block of Lincoln Highway, according to police.

Adam told Patch Joyner will plead not guilty to the charges at his arraignment, which has been scheduled for Oct. 16. He declined further comment, saying he had just recently received the case.

Family who attended Joyner's appearance, including his daughter, also declined comment.

Alex October 03, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Hes got 8felony counts of murder because he shot the victing multiple times and hes gonna claim his inocent???!!!! Good luck with that!!!
Oak Lawn Resident October 09, 2012 at 12:16 PM
What a freaking joke. There goes our tax dollar's to have a doctor take care of a murderer, because he has gout, let him suffer like the shooting victim.... And watch him die period.
Irish Missingmyteam Sterling March 20, 2014 at 06:14 PM
As a family member pc the victim thank u all for your comments. I agree with oak lawn resident let him for. He killed my cousin with no remorse. Note he wants somebody to feel sorry for him.

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