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Judge: Hate Crime Defendants Must Settle or Go to Trial in October

The next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 6 for two men accused last summer of hate crime and robbery in Hickory Hills.

Attorneys for have until Oct. 6 to settle the charges with prosecutors or begin trial.

Hickory Hills police say Mohammad Shaban, of Hickory Hills, and Akram Alshoweat, of Oak Lawn, battered and robbed a woman they believed to be a lesbian on June 28, 2010, outside a restaurant. Last summer, a source close to the investigation said the woman lived in Palos Hills.

In court on Thursday, a prosecutor told Cook County Judge Colleen Ann Hyland that the state was still waiting for the woman to tender copies of her medical bills incurred by the alleged attack.

All other evidence, including DNA samples and a copy of the 911 call, has been exchanged between parties. Shaban has repeatedly declared that the charges against him and Alshoweat are “lies.”

Hyland told attorneys on both sides that she had hoped to bring this case to a conclusion on Thursday and would move it to trial if they couldn’t come to an agreement by October.

William J Murphy September 01, 2011 at 09:15 PM
Why isn't this hate crime plastered all over the News papers and other Media? They couldn't stop reporting on the alleged scarf pulling incident. They all made that woman's life a living hell! Reporters and the Tinley police even gave out her address, but these two Cretans are buried in the background. Not even a mention in the news. They BEAT AND KICKED A WOMAN THEN ROBBED HER WHILE YELLING SLURS AT HER OUTSIDE OF A RESTAURANT. THEY DID NOT EVEN KNOW HER. Why isn't there an outcry from the Arab community about what these 2 did to a woman?? This is America. If you're here, LIVE BY OUR LAWS AND OUR CUSTOMS! THIS IS NOT THE OLD WEST WHERE ANYTHING GOES. IF IT'S NOT TO YOUR LIKING-LEAVE!! AND TAKE ALL OF YOUR RELATIVES WITH YOU.
leo September 02, 2011 at 04:15 AM
sorry bill but if the girl wasnt a lesbian you would not have heard it here. the fact is that we cant accept this as a society
RobertS September 02, 2011 at 01:20 PM
As a gay man living in the south suburbs it is alarming to see this kind of behavior, the gay community has accepted the heterorsexual community and now it is time for the same courtesy and respect. What is more alarming to me is that one group/minority is singling out another and beating on them or hating them for reasons beyond their control—and it is not only Arabs that are doing this, it is blacks who think homosexuality is against their religion and against their race. Lets not forget how Arabs living in the south suburbs hid right after 911, they were afraid of retribution and yet the do things like this—unforgivable! Laws are laws, regardless of a persons sexuality, ethnicity, race, religion, etc.—they are meant to be followed and obeyed. When an individual comes to another country, they must assimilate to the standards and beliefs of that country, it is wonderful that they are proud of their culture, but when in public they need to realize they are now a part of a new culture—if they can't accept that, they should return to where they came from. When a U.S. citizen moves to another country, they're expected to obey and abide by the laws of that country, NO MORE DOUBLE STANDARDS! I also take offense to the fact that many minorities will not speak English—it is the language of this country...but that's a whole other situation....
Dan Lambert (Editor) September 02, 2011 at 03:16 PM
I appreciate discussion, but feel like I have to weigh in here. We are reporting on one incident. I don't think it makes much sense to start projecting patterns of behavior on specific groups based on a single incident. The behavior of two individuals is just that, two individuals.
RobertS September 03, 2011 at 02:43 AM
No one is *projecting*; are you a part of the LGBT community? Do you read about the crimes committed towards them and the variables including the whom? Homosexuality is considered a major sin in the Muslim world and in many countries punishable by death, this is one of those cases of failure to assimilate and carrying baggage/customs from their country of origin. Don't minimalize this...
CrisM September 18, 2011 at 06:51 PM
@RobertS...Yes, I couldnt imagine how difficult my life would be if the gay community didnt accept me as a heterosexual this day and age. I am so grateful that I have learned to assimilate to our standards and beliefs here.

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