The felony battery case involving a Mokena man accused of assaulting a Tinley Park restaurant manager and breaking his ribs is moving forward.
During an Aug. 30 hearing in Cook County Judge Colleen Ann Hyland's Bridgeview courtroom, attorneys for Donovan Campbell, 42, filed a motion to "admit material against the complaining witness," said Dennis F. Dwyer.
Dwyer was not immediately available to elaborate on the motion, but said in previous hearings that Campbell is claiming self-defense for his role in .
Authorities say the altercation began when Campbell became upset over his bill at . Donovan slapped the manager in the face and punched his chest when asked to leave, police said. Witnesses told police that Campbell then put the 55-year-old manager in a choke hold and wrestled him to the ground. Restaurant employees eventually freed their boss and restrained Campbell until police arrived.
The manager was taken to Palos Community Hospital complaining of chest pains and later transferred to Christ Medical Center. He suffered eight broken ribs and a collapsed lung, police said.
Campbell, who is out on bond, remained quiet during Thursday's hearing, wearing a dark green suit and carrying a brown accordion file folder.
Prosecutors acknowledged receipt of Dwyer's motion and the judge asked that the state file a written response to the motion by the next court date, which has been set for Oct. 10.