Woman convicted of obstructing police in murder probe
URBANA — A Decatur woman who admitted she helped an Urbana man destroy evidence in a murder investigation has been sentenced to a year of conditional discharge.
Diamond Washington, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer. She admitted that between Feb 4 and 13 of this year, she obstructed the work of Urbana police who were investigating Ardis Fenn, 24, for the alleged shooting death of a witness in a trial.
She pleaded guilty to a count alleging that she removed phone calls from Fenn’s phone. Another count alleging she destroyed the phone was dismissed.
Washington had no prior convictions.
Fenn is currently serving a 30-year prison term for aggravated battery with a firearm for shooting Curtis Mosley, 29, of Urbana, in the leg and buttocks on June 12, 2012, outside a business in the 700 block of East Main Street in Urbana. A jury convicted him of that in February.
During Fenn’s trial, Mr. Mosley was shot and killed on Feb. 4 in his apartment at 1102 E. Colorado Ave., U, as his girlfriend and her mother looked on.
The women identified Fenn as the shooter and said the shooting happened shortly after Mr. Mosley rejected a bribe from another man, allegedly made on Fenn’s behalf, not to testify against Fenn.
Fenn has not been criminally charged in connection with Mr. Mosley’s death as the state’s attorney’s office wants all evidence back from the state crime lab before doing that. Since Fenn is already imprisoned in the other case, there is no rush to get additional charges on file.