Denzel Pittman, 18, of Park Forest, just south of Chicago, has been held
without bail and charged with the first degree
murder of his girlfriend, her mother and her younger sister. Jade Hannah, 17,
Pittman's girlfriend, her mother, Stacy Cochran-Hill, 43, and younger
sister, Joi Cochran, 11, were found fatally stabbed on November 29th, 2010. Pittman was taken into custody that night after witnesses called
the police and reported Pittman fleeing the scene.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the prosecutors went into detail regarding
the nature of the alleged attacks during a bond hearing on Wednesday,
December 1st. The prosecutors described an argument that turned violent, with a
domestic altercation between Pittman and Hannah resulting in Pittman allegedly pulling a knife
and stabbing Hannah 11 times outside of her apartment. When Hannah's
mother, Cochran-Hill, came to the door of the apartment, Pittman allegedly
stabbed her 15 times before moving into the apartment where he allegedly
stabbed Hannah's younger sister 11 times. All victims were unresponsive
by the time emergency personnel arrived at the scene.
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