Park Forest Man Denied Bail After Gas Station Homicide

Dennis Joyner, charged with first-degree murder, was denied bail at a recent hearing.

A 60-year-old Park Forest man, charged with killing a man over a rental dispute, will remain in jail after a Markham Courthouse hearing, Sept. 13.

Judge Douglas J. Simpson denied Dennis Joyner bail after Joyner was charged with first-degree murder by the State's Attorney's office.

Cook County prosecutors say Joyner shot and killed Robert Fortson, 40, at a Mobil gas station in Chicago Heights. The owner of the gas station told Tribune reporters Joyner waited for police to arrive after emptying his gun into Fortson in the parking lot of the business. 

Joyner is a retired Illinois State Police trooper with no prior criminal record, Sun-Times media reported. He had been in a dispute with Fortson over a property Joyner was renting to the victim, according to police.

He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 3. 

Bridgette Outten contributed information to this article.

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keitia white September 14, 2012 at 08:50 PM
omg he killed my moms best friend over an argument. He was defenseless and had his back turned. He deserves to rot in hell.
Paula Washington September 27, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I don't want to pass judgement because I have't a Heaven or Hell for anyone. I'm a family member. Alot of lives were changed that dreadful morning forever. Everyday since, I've sat and thought. Not to question God but to try to understand for peace. To empty a loaded weapon. I can't wrap my mind around it. It hurts to bad.
dick October 04, 2012 at 10:07 PM
It was some punk ass shit i cant believe he didsome shit like that how many more lives has he took and we dont know about its something to think about
dick October 04, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Stupid nigger
mark upton October 05, 2012 at 05:09 PM
@ dick, for one it's not about race brother, you don't have to be black to be a nigger, and not all niggers are black! History has shown that, you're not in position to be a moral judge, look at your own history, "nigga "


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