Three charged in murder of rapper Leonard “L’A Capone” Anderson


Chicago Sun-Times

Three people have been charged with murder in the September 2013 shooting death of Chicago rapper Leonard “L’A Capone” Anderson outside a South Side recording studio.

Anderson, 17, had just exited the studio in the 7000 block of South Stony Island Avenue and was walking through an alley when he was confronted and shot Sept. 26, 2013, said Assistant State’s Attorney Alex Molesky.

Anderson, who rapped under the moniker L’A Capone, was struck in the lower back and right thigh and died a short time later, authorities said.

Sakhee Hardy-Johnson, 17, and Michael Mays, 21, gave statements admitting to getting a gun before going to the studio, Molesky said.

They also admitted to being inside a parked vehicle “that would run interference in the event that police officers arrived on scene,” she said.

Meiko Buchanan was also charged with murder for allegedly being the driver of a “tail car,” a vehicle meant to insulate a lead car containing a gunman, Molesky said.

Buchanan, 23, told investigators he watched the shooter sneak up on Anderson and open fire with a .40 or .45 caliber handgun, Molesky said.

Authorities did not name the shooter.

Anderson, of the 7200 block of South Bennett Avenue, was no stranger to gun violence and had previously been shot, said his mother, Dedra Morris. Police said Anderson had documented gang affiliations.

On Saturday, Judge Laura Sullivan ordered Mays held on $500,000 bond and Hardy-Johnson held on $350,000 bond.

On Sunday, Judge Adam D. Bourgeois Jr. ordered Buchanan, of the 600 block of West 60th Street, held on $1 million bond. He was already being held in Cook County jail for an unrelated battery case.

All three will be back in court Sept. 10.

— Contributing: Michael Lansu

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