by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

May 31, 2021

MAYWOOD, IL — After allegedly shooting and killing a customer who refused to pay, the owner of a suburban barbershop was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail on Sunday.

According to Cook County prosecutors and Maywood police, Deshon Mcadory, 40, of Lombard, was charged with first-degree murder in last Thursday’s shooting at the Studio 914 barbershop, 914 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood.

Christian McDougald, 31, refused to pay for a haircut that day and began arguing with the barbers, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Meehan.  Except for McDougald and Mcadory, everyone left after the argument moved outside.

When McDougald followed the shop owner to the back door, Mcadory allegedly shot him once in the chest, according to Meehan.  McDougald was discovered by responding officers and taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

According to Meehan, the shooting was caught on surveillance video, and a witness identified Mcadory as the shooter.  A gun linked to the shooting was discovered in a coat thought to be Mcadory’s, and ammunition matching the shell casing discovered at the scene was discovered in his car.

Three additional firearms were discovered at the workstation of Mcadory’s business partner, 43-year-old Samuel Williams.  Williams, a Bellwood resident with four prior felony convictions, was charged with felonious use of a weapon.  His bail was set at $25,000 after he appeared in court alongside Mcadory on Sunday.

Mcadory’s attorney, Anthony Burch, insisted that his client was acting in self-defense, pointing out that he has a Firearm Owners Identification card as well as a concealed carry permit.  Mcadory, according to Burch, was “retreating” back into the barbershop when he shot McDougald, whom he referred to as the “aggressor.”

Burch described his client as a lifelong Cook County resident who employs eight independent contractors and pays for the college education of two sons.  Mcadory has two prior convictions, including a felony for cannabis possession in 2004.

Mcadory and Williams are scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday.