A Markham man who was the victim of a shooting last month has been charged with bribery after he offered a $1,000 bribe not to testify in the trial of his alleged shooter, officials said today.
Larry Dennis, 29, was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bail in the Markham courthouse after being charged with bribery when he offered to keep quiet and not testify against the man charged in his shooting in exchange for the money, prosecutors said in a press release.
Dennis was shot July 7 on the 16300 block of South Laflin Avenue in Markham when he was with a group on the street when they get involved in an argument with a man in a vehicle, prosecutors said.
The argument escalated and ended with shots being fired into the group, hitting Dennis, prosecutors said. Dennis was treated and released after the shooting.
Dennis identified David Gordon as the person who shot him, prosecutors said, and Gordon was arrested and later charged with aggravated battery with a firearm.
On Aug. 21, Dennis spoke with one of Gordon's relatives and told the relative that for $1,000 he would refuse to testify against Gordon. An undercover investigation was launched and Dennis was arrested Monday after meeting with an individual in a Homewood coffee shop and accepting the $1,000 bribe, prosecutors said.
Gordon's case is pending and his next court date is Aug. 28.