Danville man awaiting extradition from Missouri in murder case

Danville man awaiting extradition from Missouri in murder case

DANVILLE — A Danville man is awaiting extradition to Vermilion County following his arrest on a murder warrant in Missouri late last week.

U.S. marshals took Derrick L. Miller, 33, into custody in the Kansas City area on Thursday, according to Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason.

Thomason said the marshal's service had been working closely with Danville police in apprehending Miller, who faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery in connection with the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Scottie L. Polk of Danville in December.

Police found Mr. Polk lying in the area of Lape and Fairweight streets around 5:30 p.m Dec. 9. A man who was walking in the area said he heard what he described as someone groaning, discovered the individual and called authorities.

Vermilion County State's Attorney Randy Brinegar has said that the two men knew each other, and that the shooting was the result of a dispute.

Mr. Polk was taken to Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville and pronounced dead a short time later. Preliminary autopsy results showed he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

If convicted of murder, Miller could be sentenced to 20 to 60 years in prison and would have to serve 100 percent of the sentence. If convicted of aggravated battery, a Class X felony with special penalty provisions, Miller could be sentenced to six to 30 years in prison and have to serve 85 percent of the sentence.

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