Comfort K. Robinson

Comfort K. Robinson, one of three men accused of plotting to kill Brookfield resident Michael Smith last January, is back behind bars after a Cook County judge ordered him to be held without bond at a hearing Dec. 12 at the Maybrook courthouse.

Judge Pamela Leeming sided with prosecutors, and raised Robinson’s bond due to the nature of the offense. Shortly after he was charged along with two other men with first-degree murder in late November, a judge set Robinson’s bond at $250,000.

Robinson posted 10 percent of that amount and was freed from Cook County Jail, outraging Brookfield police. Smith was killed, prosecutors allege, because he was scheduled to testify in a criminal trial against Robinson, 39.

Also charged with murder were the alleged gunman, 25-year-old Jermaine E. Douglas, and 29-year-old DeJuyon Johnican. Douglas has been held without bond since he was charged. Johnican’s bond also had been set initially at $250,000, but he never posted bail and has remained in jail since his arrest last month.

At the Dec. 12 hearing the judge ruled that Johnican also be held without bond. Cook County officers took Robinson into custody in the courtroom immediately after the hearing.

Brookfield Police Chief James Episcopo attended the court hearing and said he was pleased with the judge’s decision to increase the bond for both men.

“Today was our day,” Episcopo said.

All three men are due back in court at Maybrook on Dec. 22.

— Bob Uphues