WEST CHICAGO, Ill. -- Three men are now charged with killing a man outside a party in West Chicago.
Juan Calderon, 21, of Aurora, Emilio Guillen, 27, of Rockford and Fredi Bautista, 26, of West Chicago, were charged with first degree murder for the death of Alexander Nicolas, 26.
Nicolas’s body was found outside a home in the 600 block of East Forest Avenue on Nov. 9 beaten and shot in the head.
Nicolas was attending a party at the house. When he left, he went to his car, and the three defendants allegedly attacked him. According to DuPage County State’s Attorney, Guillen gave the order to shoot and Calderon allegedly shot Nicolas in the head.
Prosecutors said the three suspects had just left a bar the night before Nicolas's body was found. They said the three were amped up, looking for trouble, and believed Nicolas was a member of a rival gang.
DuPage County State’s Attorney said in a statement the defendants are believed to have shot Nicolas “simply because they believed he was in a rival gang.”
A judge set bail at $4 million for Calderon. Prosecutors said he burned his clothes after the shooting. Bond was set at $2 million for Guillen, who authorities said gave the order to shoot. Bautista, who was arrested in downstate Illinois on Wednesday, is due in court in DuPage County on Friday.
Prosecutors said the three men fled the scene in Guillen's car and said he later made plans to sell it for scrap.
All three men have extensive criminal histories.
Arraignments are set for next month.
Nicolas's sister said she plans to be in court every step of the way.