Chicago hairdresser charged with murder of customer who refused to pay for haircut

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Chicago barber charged with shooting and murdering a customer ‘who refused to pay $15 for a haircut’

  • Illinois hairdresser Deshon Mcadory, 40, charged with first degree murder for the murder of his client Christian McDougald
  • Prosecutors say McDougald, 31, refused to pay for his haircut at Mcadory’s Maywood, Illinois, barbershop and began arguing with him
  • When McDougald followed Mcadory to the back door of his business, the barber pulled out a gun and shot the customer twice in the chest, killing him.
  • Mcadory’s business partner Samuel Williams was charged with illegal use of a gun by a felon for being in possession of multiple guns in the barbershop
  • Mcadory’s lawyer argued that his client shot McDougald in self-defense

A Chicago suburban barber has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting and murdering a customer who refused to pay for his haircut.

The deadly incident happened around 4 p.m. last Thursday at the Studio 914 barbershop at 914 South 5th Avenue in the Chicago suburb of Maywood.

Deshon Mcadory, 40, the owner of the company, was arrested and charged with first degree murder in connection with the murder of 31-year-old Christian McDougald.

Mcadory’s company charges about $15 for a haircut, and it’s unclear why he and McDougald got into an argument over McDougald’s new look.

Illinois hairdresser Deshon Mcadory, 40, has been charged with first degree murder for the murder of his client Christian McDougald, 31, whom he shot during an argument over payment

Mcadory's business partner Samuel Williams was charged with illegal use of a gun by a felon for being in possession of multiple guns in the barbershop

Illinois hairdresser Deshon Mcadory, 40 (left), has been charged with first degree murder for the murder of his client Christian McDougald, 31, whom he shot during an argument over payment. Mcadory’s business partner Samuel Williams (right) was charged with illegal use of a gun by a felon for being in possession of multiple guns in the barbershop

The recording took place at Mcadory's company, Studio 914 barbershop in Maywood, Illinois

The recording took place at Mcadory’s company, Studio 914 barbershop in Maywood, Illinois

Mcadory’s business partner, 43-year-old Samuel Williams, was also arrested on charges of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon for being in possession of multiple weapons. Chicago Sun Times.

Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Meehan said McDougald refused to pay for a haircut and began arguing with Mcadory and other barbers.

According to the barbershop’s Facebook page, men’s haircuts cost between $15 and $25.

As the dispute escalated, McDougald reportedly followed Mcadory to the back door of the barbershop, where the barber shot the irate customer twice in the chest and killed him, the prosecutor said.

McDougald was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Further details on that argument have not been shared.

Responding police officers searched the barbershop and found the suspected murder weapon in a jacket believed to belong to Mcadory. Ammunition matching the used grenade collected at the crime scene was found in the barber’s car.

A further company search turned up three additional weapons that were found at Williams’ workstation. As a convicted felon, Williams is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.

McDougald reportedly refused to pay for his haircut and started arguing with Mcadory

The customer then followed the barber to the back door, where Mcadory reportedly shot him twice in the chest

McDougald reportedly refused to pay for his haircut and started arguing with Mcadory (left and right). The customer then followed the barber to the back door, where Mcadory reportedly shot him twice in the chest

A lawyer representing Mcadory (center) claimed self-defense and described the victim as the aggressor

A lawyer representing Mcadory (center) claimed self-defense and described the victim as the aggressor

During Mcadory’s hearing on Sunday, his attorney argued that his client was acting in self-defense. He noted that the 40-year-old has both a concealed carry permit and a firearms owner’s ID card.

Attorney Antony Burch alleged that Mcadory, who he described as a business owner and father of two sons in college, claimed his client was retreating to the barbershop when he shot McDougald, whom he described as the “aggressor” during the confrontation.

Meehan pointed out that Mcadory has two previous convictions.

Mcadory had his bail set at $250,000, while Williams was sentenced to $25,000 in prison. Both men are due to appear in court again on Wednesday.

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