Danville teen charged with murder in fatal shooting

Danville teen charged with murder in fatal shooting

DANVILLE — A Danville teen was formally charged in Vermilion County Circuit Court on Friday with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of another teen late Wednesday night near Lincoln Park.

Vermilion County State's Attorney Randy Brinegar said his office possibly could file additional charges against 17-year-old Morris L. Williams at a later date.

Williams' charges stem from the death of 18-year-old Adam Riley, whom police say was shot around midnight on Wednesday.

He was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. Thursday at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center's emergency room. He was shot multiple times.

Brinegar said the shooting wasn't random.

"But that's about all I can say at this point," said Brinegar, who declined to say whether the two knew each other or what Mr. Riley was doing in the area.

At his initial hearing, Williams, who appeared via video conference, pleaded innocent to the charges.

He is being held in the Vermilion County Jail on a $2 million bond, meaning he would have to post $200,000 in order to be released.

His preliminary hearing is set for June 27.

Police found Mr. Riley lying beside a vehicle at Voorhees and Gilbert streets. Before he was taken to the hospital, he was able to give police a description of the person who shot him.

Williams was picked up on an arrest warrant for murder around 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of Woodbury and Harmon streets. He was taken into custody without incident.

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