Warrant issued for Rantoul murder suspect

RANTOUL – A warrant has been issued for a Rantoul man accusing him of a Dec. 20 murder.

A warrant was issued Dec. 22 for the arrest of Juvon F. Mays, 27, whose last known address was in the 1400 block of Hobson Drive, Rantoul. Court records show that bond on the warrant was set at $2 million.

The charges accuse Mays of fatally shooting Corinthian D. Spinks, 32. The three counts accuse Mays of shooting a handgun in the direction of Mr. Spinks, causing his death; shooting at Mr. Spinks knowing that he would kill him; and shooting at Mr. Spinks with the strong probability that he would kill or seriously injure Mr. Spinks.

Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach said officers were sent to the 1400 block of Hobson Drive, Rantoul, about 9:30 a.m. Dec. 20 on a report of a home invasion. When they arrived, they found 32-year-old Corinthian D. Spinks on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound to his chest, the sergeant said.

Preliminary results from an autopsy in Bloomington showed Mr. Spinks died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Mr. Spinks' wife told police that a man tried to force his way into their home and then shot her husband. The man was able to enter the home, but left shortly thereafter, Beach said.

Through their investigation, Rantoul police developed Mays as a suspect in the shooting and obtained a warrant.

Mays is described as a black man, 27, who is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds.

Court records show Mays was sentenced in 2005 to prison for nine years with a concurrent sentence of three years on separate cases of aggravated battery to a pregnant person and possession of contraband in a jail.

State prison records show Mays was released on parole in October with discharge from that parole not due until October 2011.

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