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No Bail For Four Suspects In Torture Video

| by Jordan Smith

A Cook County judge denied requests for bail from four suspects in a torture video broadcast on Facebook Live Jan. 4.

Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24, are accused of hate crimes, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery and other charges for an alleged attack on an 18-year-old man described by police as having "mental health challenges," ABC News reports.

Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil spoke directly to the suspects in court, asking: "Where was the sense of decency that each of you should've had when you were allegedly committing this crime?"

Police revealed in court that the victim suffers from schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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A family friend of the victim was reportedly heard shouting, "Yes!" upon hearing the no bail decision.

"I didn't raise them like that," Priscilla Covington, the grandmother of the Covington sisters, told media as she left court, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The victim met Hill, who he knew from attending the same school, on Dec. 31 and spent the next two nights with him. But by Jan. 2, the victims' parents were concerned that he had not yet returned home and reported their son missing.

Hill allegedly demanded $300 from the victim's mother to return the victim home.

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Hill then took the victim to the Covingtons', where he was bound, gagged and attacked. The assault was caught on video.

The video contained a series of racial insults and the African American attackers threatened the man with a knife. They allegedly cut part of his scalp, punched and kicked him and forced his head into a toilet.

“Say f--- Donald Trump," one person was heard saying during the video, according to ABC.

"F--- white people," another added.

It has also been alleged that Hill was the first to beat the victim in the back of a van before they arrived at the Covingtons' apartment.

All four suspects have given statements admitting their roles in the attack.

The victim was able to escape the apartment when the Covington sisters and Cooper confronted neighbors who complained about the noise. The victim got out onto the street, where  police officers found him wearing shorts, flip flops and a tank top in frigid temperatures.

A relative of the victim stated he was doing "as well as he could be at this time," on Jan. 5.

Sources: ABC News, Chicago Tribune / Photo credit: Chicago Police Department via CNN

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