Man says, 'You deserved it,' shoots at slain man's grave during service,
prosecutors say
A Far South Side man was ordered held on $50,000 bond after he fired a gunshot at the graveside service for a Palos
Heights man who was recently slain in his south suburban home, authorities said.

A Far South Side man was ordered held on $50,000 bond after he fired a gunshot at the graveside service for a Palos
Heights man who was recently slain in his south suburban home, authorities said.

Elston Stevenson, 56, said nothing as Judge David R. Navarro ordered him held Thursday at the Leighton Criminal Court
Building during a Thanksgiving bail hearing. Stevenson, of the 13300 block of South Corliss Avenue, is charged with
unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

On Wednesday, at least 20 mourners were attending a graveside funeral service at the Evergreen Cemetery in south
suburban Evergreen Park, when some noticed Stevenson approach and pull a black revolver, according to prosecutors.
Stevenson, a multiple felon who wasn't supposed to have a gun, then fired a single shot at the grave and said "you deserved
it," Assistant State's Attorney Carolyn Nevin told the court. No one was reported struck by gunfire.

After firing the shot, Stevenson fled, though several mourners tried to stop him, authorities said. Evergreen Park police
arrested Stevenson, who has a long list of arrests and aliases dating to the 1990s and recovered a .32-caliber revolver loaded
with four rounds and one spent cartridge, Nevin said.

While prosecutors did not discuss what may have sparked the shooting, Evergreen Park police on Wednesday said witnesses
told them the shooting took place during the cemetery service for 39-year-old Murad Talib, who was found fatally shot in his
Palos Heights home Monday.

It was unclear whether Stevenson knew Talib. Police also said a second man was arrested, but only Stevenson appeared in
court Thursday in the cemetery shooting. Evergreen Park police weren't available for comment Thursday evening.
The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force was investigating Talib's death.