A Lockport man who was acquitted of a 2012 slaying in Joliet faces new charges of domestic battery.
On Sept. 17, Judge Dan Kennedy signed a warrant for the arrest Daeviontae Pruitte, 27, of the 500 block of E. 13th St., on misdemeanor charges alleging he struck a woman’s head and dragged her while she was on the ground, and grabbed her phone and ended her call to 911.
The incident occurred Aug. 31, the criminal complaint said.
Pruitte has been on parole since June 9, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
He was sentenced to five years in prison on Sept. 7, 2018, after he pleaded guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm by firing a gun in the direction of Bernard Marble on March 9, 2016, court records show.
Prosecutors dropped other charges against Pruitte that included the attempted first-degree murder of Marble and Damon Stanislaus, aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of firearm by firing a gun at Stanislaus.
Marble was conducting a drug deal with Stanislaus when they were ambushed by Pruitte and Damon Cook Jr., 29, who shot at them, police said.
Pruitte was identified by Marble as one of the two men who shot him multiple times, according to the official statement of facts.
On April 29, 2019, Cook pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in connection with the incident, while charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and driving under the influence were dropped, court records show.
He was sentenced to eight years in prison.
In 2015, Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes found Pruitte not guilty of the 2012 murder of Timothy Egner, 54, who was shot to death in the parking lot of Wendy’s in Joliet.
Prosecutors said Pruitte linked himself to Egner’s murder during calls he made from jail inquiring about police searching the car he was seen riding in after the slaying, and if the driver was cooperating with investigators.
Pruitte’s attorney, Jason Strzelecki, said that although Pruitte asked for information about the investigation, it did "not add up to any kind of admission."