Two charged in brutal beating of woman

CHICAGO Jennifer Hall was out Monday night celebrating her 36th birthday at the Wabash Tap near the intersection of Wabash and Roosevelt. After a few drinks, she and her boyfriend went across the street to the Jewel to pick up a few items. As they walked out of the store, they passed a homeless couple -- Derrick King, 46, and Joyce Burgess, 38 -- sitting on the wall on the west side of the street. Burgess allegedly attacked Hall after she refused to give them a cigarette.

"They had asked us for a cigarette as we walked by. We both said no, we kept walking. We took about two or three more steps. The female had come off the wall and attacked Jennifer from behind," said Joe Hoffman.

Hall's boyfriend, Hoffman, jumped in to break up the fight right away. He claims that is when the woman's friend, King, attacked him.

"At that point, I went ballistic and I started pushing the female off of her. At that point, the man jumped off the wall and he started attacking me," said Hoffman.

When King broke free he took Hoffman's blackberry and started kicking Hall in the head.

The homeless couple ran away but they were caught by police within minutes. They have been charged with aggravated battery and robbery.

"I just can't image that -- a 46-year-old man just kicking this little, tiny thing in the head," said Debie Jolley, victim's mother.

Hall's mother says her daughter is a petite woman -- 5' 4" and about 110 pounds.

Hall was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after the attack. She was in a drug-induced coma Monday night. Her jaw is broken and she underwent several surgeries but she is recovering.

"Right now, she is doing very well. She just can't move one foot right now. But she is up and speaking," said Hoffman.

King and Burgess stay at the Pacific Garden Mission on South Canal. They appeared at a bond hearing Wednesday. If convicted, they could face seven years behind bars.

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"Jennifer Hall Charitable Trust Fund"
125 East 13th St. Unit 915
Chicago, IL 60605

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