Illinois Barber Accused of Fatally Shooting Customer Who Refused to Pay for Haircut

An Illinois barber has been accused of fatally shooting a customer who refused to pay for a haircut and was held on a $250,000 bond after being charged with first-degree murder in court Sunday.

Deshon McAdory, 40, allegedly shot and killed customer Christian McDougald, 31, on Thursday at his Studio 914 barbershop in Maywood along 914 S. 5th Ave., police and Cook County prosecutors said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. McAdory's attorney Anthony Burch maintains he acted in self defense.

"A person came into the store who's clearly the aggressor. He got a haircut, argued about not wanting to pay. There was an argument that ensued outside. As (McAdory) is retreating into the store, he is approached by the aggressor and fired one shot," Burch said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Cook County's Assistant State's Attorney Kevin Meehan said that on Thursday, McDougald, from Lombard, began arguing with McAdory and other barbers inside the shop after he refused to pay for his haircut, according to the Sun-Times.

Then, the argument moved outside and everyone else that was present left, leaving just McAdory and McDougald.

McDougald reportedly followed McAdory to the shop's back door and that is when the shop owner allegedly fired a shot into the customer's chest, according to Meehan.

Initially, police reported that responding officers found McDougald after he was allegedly injured with McAdory's weapon and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center where he was determined to be dead.

A witness identified McAdory as the one who shot McDougald after the witness reviewed surveillance camera footage that captured the shooting, Meehan said.

The gun believed to be connected to the customer's death was found in a jacket believed to be McAdory's and ammunition identical to shell casings found outside of the barbershop were discovered in his car, according to the Sun-Times.

Burch said that McAdory had a concealed carry permit and a Firearm Owners Identification card.

Meehan asked Judge David Navarro to keep McAdory in custody but the Navarro moved to set his bail. He said that McAdory was convicted twice before over previous crimes, including a 2004 felony for cannabis possession.

McAdory's barbershop business partner Samuel Williams, 43, also appeared in court with him after three guns were found at his workstation.

Williams, who has been convicted of four felonies prior to Thursday's shooting, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to the Sun-Times.

Williams had his bail set at $25,000.

McAdory and Williams are expected to stand before court again on Wednesday.

Newsweek reached out to the Maywood Police Department for further comments but did not hear back in time for publication.

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A pedestrian walks past a barbershop which is closing amid new closures and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic on July 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The owner of a barbershop in Illinois has been accused of fatally shooting a customer after they refused to pay for a haircut. Mario Tama/Getty Images