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Two Charged in Slaying of Four Denied Bond, Said to Have Confessed

September 26, 1986

CHICAGO (AP) _ Two men charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of three adults and a child at a public housing project apartment were denied bond Friday after a prosecutor said they had confessed to the slayings.

Circuit Judge Robert Bastone, in denying bond, noted that Lawrence Jackson, 23, and Bobbie Driskel, 24, could be sentenced to death if convicted in Thursday’s attack and robbery.

The defendants were arrested on the basis of information given by a 6-year- old girl who survived the attack along with her 1-year-old sister, police said.

Before undergoing surgery for repeated stab wounds, the child told officers she had recognized one of the assailants.

The defendants confessed before they were charged with four counts of murder each, Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Ellen Cagney said at Friday’s hearing.

She said both men had served prison terms for robbery, and Driskel also had a record of convictions for theft and burglary.

She said the defendants knocked on the door of the victims’ apartment early Thursday, asked to use the bathroom and were admitted.

Police Sgt. Terence Harte said the assailants ″went to the apartment in order to steal some property.″

″I don’t honestly know why it turned into a homicide,″ he said, adding the victims were attacked with ″knives, scissors and sharp objects.″

The victims were stabbed a total of about 50 times in the attack at the Chicago Housing Authority’s Henry Horner Homes development, said police Cmdr. James Maurer.

One-year-old Sanita Winder was found unharmed in a pool of blood at the apartment, Maurer said. Her surviving sister, 6-year-old Urica, was reported in critical condition Friday with 15 stab wounds.

Police spokeswoman Tina Vicini identified the four slain as the survivors’ sister, Dana Winder, 4; Vernita Winder, 22, mother of the three girls; Shirley Martin, 23; and Mark Brown, 24.

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