A crazed driver told his victims ‘I got something for you, motherf*****s,’ before mowing down three men and killing them outside of a Chicago gay bar.
Tavis Dunbar 34, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder after turning himself in on Monday following the deaths of Jaylen Ausley, 23, Devonta Vivetter, 27, and Donald Huey, 25, outside of Jeffery Pub around 5am on August 14.
A fourth man, Carlee McKinney, 21, was seriously injured after Dunbar plowed the car he borrowed into the men at 5am.
At this time, it is not being viewed as a hate crime, as there is currently no evidence that suggests he did this ‘based on people’s sexual orientation, race, creed, or anything else,’ Chicago Chief Brendan Deenihan said at a press conference.
Video circulating social media shows Dunbar yelling the foul statement before barreling down the road in his cousin’s car at 60mph before plowing into a group of people who were fighting. The video reportedly shows bodies being hurled in the air, with at least one of them landing a block away.
‘The defendant essentially slammed on the gas pedal and drove directly into four human beings, killing three of them,’ Cook County Assistant State Attorney Danny Hanichak said.
‘The accelerator is depressed at least 99 percent and the defendant never once touched the brakes prior to impact.’
Tavis Dunbar 34, of Chicago, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder after turning himself in on Monday
After the crash, the assailant reportedly parked his car just blocks away and was seen pacing around the car while on the phone with a friend who lived nearby. He is said to have gone over to that friend’s home, who then drove him to a different friend’s house.
He was kicked out of the bar and totaled his cousin’s cars after people started ‘coming at him,’ according to Hanichak.
But authorities have said that there is currently no evidence to suggest Dunbar had been threatened.
The friend later saw video of the attack online and realized it was Dunbar, according to CWB Chicago. When she confronted him about it, he asked her for alibi. She refused, citing that he had killed two people.
‘Actually, it’s three,’ he corrected her.
Police announced they do not know Dunbar’s motive and that he had invoke the Fifth Amendment.
Dunbar’s attorney Robert Kerr said prosecutors will have a ‘difficult time proving the case.’
‘My fear here is that the state is over-reaching on charges of first-degree murder,’ Kerr said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘And that Mr. Dunbar is being unjustly detained without any opportunity to post bail.’
He also insisted his client – who is being held without bail – is ‘neither a flight risk nor a danger to society.’
‘Rather than flee the jurisdiction as someone with a guilty conscience might do, Mr. Dunbar made arrangements to surrender peacefully,’ he argued.
The incident took place outside of Jeffery Pub in South Side Chicago
A group of men were seen arguing outside of Jeffery’s Pub on August 14 before Dunbar hit them
Bodies can be seen flying off the top of the car after Dunbar hit them going 60mph
Despite that, Huey’s sister said she was relieved that Dunbar was currently behind bars and not ‘just roaming around here thinking it’s cool that he killed all these people.’
Ausley’s mother also said it was ‘a comfort to know that we’re that much closer to having justice served.’
She remember her son, who had recently graduated from the University of Michigan, as easy going and someone who loved to dance and laugh.
It was also revealed that Dunbar had been sentenced to two years in prison for attacking his 11-year-old brother in 2012. He was also charged for hitting someone in the head with a baseball bat during an argument over money in 2007.