Two charged with murder in Champaign shooting

Two charged with murder in Champaign shooting

URBANA — Two of three men believed involved in a fatal shooting in northwest Champaign last month have been charged with first-degree murder.

One is in the Champaign County jail and police continue to search for the other, as well as a third man believed to be present with a gun when the shooting happened.

First Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said on Tuesday he added nine felony counts of first-degree murder each to weapons-related charges already on file against Micah Hopkins, 30, last of the 1300 block of North Harris Street, Champaign, and Devon D. Craig, 37, of the 1200 block of Paula Drive, Champaign.

The two are accused of fatally shooting Allen Redding, 26, of Champaign, on the evening of June 24. He was shot multiple times and was found outside a home in the 1500 block of Hedge Road. He died later at Carle Foundation Hospital.

"I expect there to be evidence that at least two different people were shooting in close proximity to Allen Redding," said Ziegler. "We have statements from multiple witnesses and we are sorting through them. We have sorted through them."

Ziegler said he now awaits a formal autopsy report and ballistics results from the Illinois State Crime Lab to reveal how many shots were fired into Mr. Redding and from which weapons. Police recovered shell casings.

Although police have said they believe the shooting to be the work of gang members, they have not disclosed a motive.

Police continue to interview witnesses and generate reports which could result in additional charges. However, Ziegler said the three men now charged are the only ones whose names have surfaced since the shooting two weeks ago.

Also charged with being present and having a gun is Paul E. Craig, 39, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of Paula Drive, Champaign. He is a brother to Devon Craig.

Police are looking for Paul Craig and Hopkins. Devon Craig was arrested in Chicago a few days after the shooting and is being held on $500,000 bond.

His next court date is Aug. 12.

If convicted of the most serious of the felony murder charges alleging they discharged a gun that caused Mr. Redding's death, Hopkins and Devon Craig could be sentenced to natural life in prison.

Paul Craig is charged with being an armed habitual criminal and unlawful use of weapons by a felon. Ziegler said his role is still being clarified.

"I believe he was there and armed. I don't know if he was shooting," said Ziegler.

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rsp wrote on July 08, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Devon or Deveon? One is a typo. Makes it look like two people.

Mike Howie wrote on July 09, 2014 at 8:07 am
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Thanks for your note. I'm sorry for the error. It has been fixed.

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