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Four women face trial for murder of a man on South Side

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Bernetta Coker was waiting for police to sort out a fight between her and her boyfriend when she saw a more serious altercation unfold before her eyes.

Four women had chased a man into the center of a South Side courtyard apartment where they beat him on the cold February night, Coker testified at the start of women's bench trial Wednesday.

"I saw the young man trying to ring the bell [of an apartment door] but the four young ladies were beating on him with their fists," Coker said.

Tiffany Cox, 29, Carmelita Hall, 28, Roslind Ball, 25, and 28-year-old Miesha Nelson are all charged with Morris Wilson's 2009 murder and armed robbery.

The women allegedly stabbed Wilson to death because they felt he had "disrespected" them when he threw a beer bottle at the door of Cox's apartment in the 8200 block of South Drexel Avenue, prosecutors said.

Wilson, 30, had been asked to leave after an argument started over a broken cigarette as the group played cards, authorities said.

Minutes later, Coker said she was hiding behind a black van when she saw the women descend on Wilson in the 8100 block of South Drexel Avenue.

When a neighbor asked them to stop beating the victim, one of the women yelled, "Come down and I'll give you some of this beating too," Coker said.

As Wilson lay unconscious, the women rifled through his pockets and took his jacket before throwing it down on the pavement, Coker said.

"S---, he don't have any money anyway," Coker said she heard Cox say.

Hall and Ball's attorneys said their clients weren't responsible for the murders while Nelson and Cox's attorneys said the women they represent were acting in self-defense.

Wilson was a "very violent" man who had pushed a pregnant Ball and lay on top of her before the other women took action, defense attorney Susana Ortiz said.

The trial will resume on Sept. 18 before Judge Lawrence Flood.

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