Man accused of trying to bribe now-dead witness
URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly relayed a bribe to the victim from the man accused of shooting him last summer has been arrested.
Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said as detectives investigated the Monday night shooting death of Curtis Mosley at an east Urbana apartment, they learned that Jakeem Nelson, 20, had allegedly contacted Mr. Mosley on Monday, offering him money not to testify against Ardis Fenn.
Morgan explained that Nelson, who listed an address in the 1800 block of Cottage Grove Avenue, made the offer to Mr. Mosley on behalf of Fenn, 23, who is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm for allegedly shooting Mr. Mosley in the leg on June 12 outside the Above & Beyond Detailing shop, 708 E. Main St., U, where Mr. Mosley worked.
Morgan said he didn’t know how much money Nelson allegedly offered Mr. Mosley not to testify.
A jury was selected Monday to hear Fenn’s case, but on Monday night, Mr. Mosley was murdered in an apartment at 1102 E. Colorado Ave., U.
Suspicion instantly turned to Fenn but heightened when he didn’t show up Tuesday morning for his trial. That prompted Judge Tom Difanis to continue Fenn’s trial until Thursday morning.
Police continue to search for him. Difanis issued a warrant with a $10 million bond for Fenn for his failure to appear for trial.
Morgan said Nelson was arrested late Tuesday morning at the auto-detailing shop on East Main Street where he is an employee.
Police arrested him for unlawful communication with a witness, a felony. He was expected to make a court appearance Wednesday afternoon.