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Illinois man facing murder charges following recent shooting

There's a man sitting behind bars in an Illinois jail cell whose bond has been set at $3 million. He reportedly went with police without incident when they approached him as he was walking along in a particular neighborhood before dawn on a recent Saturday morning. The state has filed murder charges against the man in relation to a shooting that occurred just after midnight that same day.

Authorities believe the man they have in custody may be connected with a local gang. They also think he is responsible for the death of a 34-year-old man who was allegedly shot while standing alongside a group of friends. Police say they believe the man they arrested acted in alliance with another person in the shooting.

No details were published as to why police think the 24-year-old man they arrested is in fact the man who pulled the trigger that launched the fatal gunshot in the incident. He was merely walking along the road when they took him into custody. Authorities also said another man was admitted to a local hospital around the same time, suffering from critical gunshot wounds. Reportedly, they are investigating whether the situations are connected.

It's always best to peacefully cooperate with police when an arrest takes place. Every defendant in Illinois and beyond is given an opportunity to retain legal representation and is presumed innocent before the court unless and until prosecutors can actually prove otherwise. Therefore, it's typically much easier to fight murder charges in court by taking advantage of all options available rather than putting up a fight or resisting arrest, which may wind up making matters much worse.

Source: Aurora, Il Patch, "Aurora Man Charged With Murder", Geoff Dempsey, June 12, 2017

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