Leona's waitress charged with murder of boss

A judge denied bond Wednesday for the man accused of slaying a Leona's restaurant manager.

The incident began in June 2006, when Erika Ray was fired from her job at Leona's in Hyde Park.

The following day, Ray complained to friends about her boss. Later that night, she drove Lorenzo Wilson, then 18, Demetrius Gosha, then 14, and a third unidentified codefendant to the restaurant.

Ray knew manager Corey Ebenezer, 26, would be closing up shop alone, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors gave the following account of the event:

Ray, 25, directed the three codefendants to a back door which she knew to be unlocked and waited in the car for their return, authorities said.

Inside, Wilson aimed a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun at Ebenezer. The two men struggled, and  Wilson shot Ebenezer in the neck and chest.  Two .25 caliber shell casings were later found at the scene.  Ebenezer was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Before fleeing the restaurant, the defendants removed approximately $1700 from the register.  Wilson and  Gosha are also charged with armed robbery.

Wilson and Ray are both graduates of Tilden High School.  Ebenezer, the father of three, was engaged to be married at the time of his killing.

Cook County Judge Maura Slattery Boyle set Ray's bail at $1 million. Wilson moved to Florida after the killing and was arrested there. His attorney argued that he left town to live with his aunt, and is not a flight risk.



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