Man pleads innocent to murder charges

DANVILLE — A 26-year-old Danville man on Monday was formally charged with murder in connection with last month's fatal shooting of a Danville teen.

Alvin C. Beasley faces three counts of murder in the Dec. 23 death of Deryon S. Mullins.

At his initial hearing, Beasley — who remained in the Vermilion County Jail and communicated with court officials via video conference — pleaded innocent to the charges.

He also declined to be represented by the public defender's office, saying he planned to hire his own attorney.

Associate Judge Mark Goodwin set Beasley's preliminary hearing for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 26. The judge also ordered that Beasley be held without bond.

Police responded to the 0-100 block of Quincy Street in Danville shortly after midnight Dec. 23 after a call that a person had been shot. A teen was found unresponsive inside a home and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The state's attorney's office obtained a warrant for Beasley's arrest that night. Police in Missouri arrested Beasley in the western part of that state on Dec. 28.

He was returned to Danville on Sunday evening.

Authorities have declined to comment on the details surrounding the shooting.

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