Danville man arrested in fatal shooting

DANVILLE — A 30-year-old local man is behind bars for a fatal shooting that occurred in Danville earlier this summer.

Authorities with the U.S. Marshal's Service arrested Harold W. Smith on a murder warrant on Monday in Chicago, Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason announced Tuesday.

Smith, of the 1500 block of East Fairchild Street, was indicted by a Vermilion County grand jury on Aug. 29 in connection with the July 5 murder of Charles Lamar Price, 35, of Danville and formerly of Chicago. A warrant for Smith's arrest was issued at that time.

Thomason said police gave Smith's name, description and last known location to the marshal's service fugitive task force.

"They set up surveillance and picked him up on the street," Thomason said.

He said Smith was taken into custody without incident. Danville police were able to interview him Monday night.

Smith was at a holding facility in Chicago on Tuesday, awaiting return to Danville. Thomason said he did not know yet when he will be brought back.

Danville police found Mr. Price lying in a grassy area east of the 900 block of Belton Drive in the Fair Oaks Public Housing Complex after they were called to a shooting around 3:30 a.m. July 5. He was still alive and able to confirm that he had been shot.

Police said it appears he was shot in the area where he was found.

Mr. Price was rushed to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Smith is the third person to be arrested for apparently unrelated Danville murders in the last two weeks.

Danville police also arrested Robert L. Butler Jr., 30, of Danville, on a murder warrant in the area of English and Franklin streets on Wednesday. He faces three counts of first-degree murder in the April 13 death of Jamaal P. Sampson, 26, of Danville, and police have not ruled out other arrests.

Danville police also arrested Kevin L. Marshall, 23, of Danville, on a murder warrant in the 900 block of Redden Court the following day.

He faces three counts of first-degree murder in the May 21 death of Latifah D. L. Cross, 21, of Chicago.

He also faces one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with shooting injuries caused to two men.

Both Butler and Marshall also were indicted on Aug. 29. They have been held at the Danville Public Safety Building since their arrests.

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