Chicago barber is charged with shooting and killing customer who refused to pay for haircut
- Illinois barber Deshon Mcadory, 40, charged with first-degree murder for the killing of his customer Christian McDougald
- Prosecutors say McDougald, 31, refused to pay for his haircut at Mcadory’s Maywood, Illinois, barbershop and began arguing with him
- When McDougald followed Mcadory to the back door of his business, the barber produced a gun and shot the customer twice in the chest, killing him
- Mcadory’s business partner Samuel Williams was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon for being in possession of multiple guns at the barbershop
- Mcadory’s lawyer argued that his client shot McDougald in self-defense
A barber from suburban Chicago has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting and killing a customer who refused to pay for his haircut.
The deadly incident took place at around 4pm last Thursday at the Studio 914 barbershop at 914 South 5th Avenue in the Chicago suburb of Maywood.
Deshon Mcadory, 40, the owner of the business, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of 31-year-old Christian McDougald.
Illinois barber Deshon Mcadory, 40 (left), has been charged with first-degree murder for the killing of his customer Christian McDougald, 31, whom he shot during an argument about payment. Mcadory’s business partner Samuel Williams (right) was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon for being in possession of multiple guns at the barbershop
The shooting took place at Mcadory’s business, Studio 914 barbershop in Maywood, Illinois
Mcadory’s business partner, 43-year-old Samuel Williams, was also arrested on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon for being in possession of multiple guns, reported Chicago Sun-Times.
Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Meehan said that McDougald refused to pay for a haircut and began arguing with Mcadory and other barbers.
According to the barbershop’s Facebook page, men’s haircut there costs between $15-$25.
As the dispute escalated, McDougald allegedly followed Mcadory to the back door of the barbershop, where the barber shot the irate customer twice in the chest, killing him, the prosecutor said.
McDougald was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Responding police officers searched the barbershop and found the suspected murder weapon inside a coat believed to be Mcadory’s, and ammunition matching the spent shell that was collected from the crime scene was discovered inside the barber’s car.
A further search of the business turned up three additional guns that were found at Williams’ workstation. As a convicted felon, Williams is not allowed to own or possess firearms.
McDougald allegedly refused to pay for his haircut and began arguing with Mcadory (left and right). The customer then followed the barber to the back door, where Mcadory allegedly shot him twice in the chest
A lawyer representing Mcadory (center) claimed self-defense and described the victim as the aggressor
During Mcadory’s court appearance on Sunday, his attorney argued that his client was acting in self-defense. He noted that the 40-year-old has both a concealed carry permit and a Firearm Owners ID card.
Defense lawyer Antony Burch claimed that Mcadory, whom he described as a business owner and a father of two sons in college, claimed that his client was retreating back into the barbershop when shot McDougald, whom he described as the ‘aggressor’ during the confrontation.
Meehan pointed out that Mcadory has two prior convictions.
Mcadory had his bail set at $250,000, while Williams was ordered jailed on $25,000. Both men are due back in court on Wednesday.