DANVILLE – A Chicago area man who was arrested by Champaign County deputies was arraigned on murder charges Friday afternoon in Vermilion County Circuit Court in connection with a December murder in Danville.
Almond D. Galloway, 21, of Dalton, was arrested Wednesday by Champaign County deputies during a drug investigation in Champaign and later transferred to Vermilion County where he was arraigned Friday on four counts of first-degree murder.
On Jan. 12, Danville police issued an arrest warrant for Galloway in connection with the murder of James Pope, 52, of Danville. Pope was shot just after midnight Dec. 28 at 903 Belton Drive, in the Fair Oaks housing complex on Danville's east side.
Danville police found Pope in one of the apartments with a single gunshot wound. He was taken by Medix ambulance to Provena United Samaritans Medical Center and was transferred to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he died a few days later.
An official with the Champaign County Sheriff's office said Galloway was arrested as the result of a joint investigation by the Champaign County Sheriff's office's street crime unit and the Champaign Police Department's narcotics unit.
In that investigation, a search warrant was executed Wednesday at the Comfort Inn, 305 W. Market View Drive, room 202, Champaign.
In the hotel room, officers found and arrested Galloway and two other individuals, Derrick Foggie, 27, who listed addresses in Champaign and Chicago, and Shanika Erving, 22, of Danville, on charges of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
Investigators seized about 77 grams or about 2.7 ounces of suspected cocaine. They also seized more than $1,200 cash, according to Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson.
Erving and Foggie made appearances in Champaign County Circuit Court Thursday, where they entered innocent pleas to charges of unlawful possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Prosecutors later filed the same charge against Galloway.
Carlson said in court that members of the Champaign County Sheriff's office's street crimes unit had been investigating drug sales at the motel for some time, including videotaping transactions.
In addition to being arrested for drug possession, all three suspects had outstanding warrants, including Galloway's warrant for murder. Foggie was wanted in Vermilion County for failure to appear in court and was wanted in Cook County on a dangerous drugs charge. He is being held in Champaign County on $500,000 bond.
Erving also was wanted on a Vermilion County warrant for failure to appear in court. Her bond was set at $100,000, and she is also being held in Champaign County.
Galloway was transferred to Vermilion County and was arraigned Friday on the murder charges. He is being held in the Vermilion County Jail without bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 19.
Thomason did not say whether others, in addition to Galloway, were being sought in the Pope murder but did say that the investigation continues.
Danville police investigators also continue to investigate a more recent murder that occurred around 9 p.m. Wednesday in Danville. William J. Thomas, 30, of Danville, was fatally shot inside a residence, while others were present, in the 100 block of Cronkhite Avenue in Danville. He was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m. Wednesday at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center's emergency room.
A second victim, a 28-year-old male, whose name is not being released by police officials, also was shot inside the Cronkhite Avenue residence but was found by police lying on the ground near Stroup Street, one block east of Cronkhite.
The second victim underwent surgery and is still listed in serious condition, Thomason said Friday afternoon.
Danville police have not yet made any arrests in that case, and continue the investigation, said Thomason, who added that anyone with information regarding that crime can call Danville police at 217-431-2232.
News-Gazette Staff Writer Steve Bauer contributed to this report.
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