Arrested: Danville woman accused in shooting death

Arrested: Danville woman accused in shooting death

DANVILLE — A Danville woman wanted on a warrant for the April shooting death of a 25-year-old man has been arrested in Chicago by federal marshals, according to Danville police.

Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said Thursday that Lakeisha Cunningham, 38, of Danville, was taken into custody in the Chicago area on Wednesday by the U.S. Marshal's Task Force.

A warrant for Cunningham's arrest was secured on April 28 by Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy's office in connection with the April 27 murder of Justin Jones of Danville.

The day of the shooting, Danville police were called at 12:45 p.m. April 27 for shots fired in the 1600 block of East Fairchild — at the southwest corner of the Fair Oaks public housing complex.

Police found evidence of the crime when they got to the scene and were told a victim had been rushed to the hospital in a private vehicle. The initial investigation determined that the victim and others were involved in an argument after a minor traffic incident, and at some point, Mr. Jones was shot. He was pronounced dead at about 2 p.m. April 27.

According to Thomason, the Marshal's Task Force began working with Danville police detectives shortly after the warrant was obtained the day after the shooting. The warrant was issued for first-degree murder with a $1 million bond.Currently, Cunningham remains in custody in Chicago and her return to Vermilion County is not known at this time, according to Thomason.

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