Accused Hedge Road murderer in county jail

Accused Hedge Road murderer in county jail

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of the June murder of a man in northwest Champaign is back in Champaign County.

Micah J. Hopkins, 30, who last lived in the 1300 block of North Harris Street, was booked into the county jail Thursday night after being returned to Urbana from Arkansas by a transport service.

Hopkins was arraigned Friday on nine counts of first degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting June 24 of Allen Redding, 26, of Champaign. He was also charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Mr. Redding was shot multiple times outside a home in the 1500 block of Hedge Road about 5:50 p.m. and died later at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

A warrant for Hopkins’ arrest charging him with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon and aggravated discharge of a firearm had been issued the day after the shooting. About two weeks later, the state’s attorney filed the murder counts. If convicted of murder, he faces 20 to 60 years in prison.

Hopkins was found on July 30 by the U.S. Marshal’s Service at a home in Blytheville, Ark.

Already in custody and charged in connection with Mr. Redding’s shooting are brothers Paul Craig, 39, and Devon Craig, 37.

Devon Craig is charged with Mr. Redding’s murder while Paul Craig is charged only with being an armed habitual criminal and unlawful use of weapons by a felon.

The two Craigs were later charged with aggravated intimidation of a witness for allegedly threatening a female witness to the shooting so that she would not testify against them.

Judge John Kennedy ordered that Hopkins’ bond on the shooting case remain at $1 million previously set by Judge Tom Difanis. Hopkins asked that a lawyer be appointed for him. He waived his right to a probable cause hearing and was told to be back in court Sept. 16.

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