Danville 15-year-old charged as adult in stabbing death

Danville 15-year-old charged as adult in stabbing death

DANVILLE — The teenage girl arrested on murder charges for allegedly fatally stabbing a Danville man at the Fair Oaks housing complex seven weeks ago has been charged as an adult.

Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy on Monday filed five counts of first-degree murder and one count of mob action against Malika Anthony, 15, of Danville, in the May 30 death of 43-year-old Kuron Kimmons.

The charges came after Circuit Judge Craig DeArmond granted the prosecutor's petition to transfer the charges from juvenile court to adult court.

In adult court, murder carries a much stiffer penalty. If Anthony is convicted of murder as an adult, she could face between 20 and 60 years in prison and would be required to serve 100 percent of the term. If she had been convicted as a juvenile, she would have been incarcerated until age 21.

Lacy said Anthony is innocent until proven guilty.

The stabbing occurred shortly after midnight in the 900 block of Campbell Lane at Fair Oaks. When police were called, they found Mr. Kimmons lying on the ground, and several people attempting CPR.

He was taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, where he died of a stab wound.

Anthony was arrested without incident at a residence in Danville near noon the next day and subsequently charged with five counts of first-degree murder and one count of mob action as a juvenile.

Later, three more people were also charged in connection with Mr. Kimmons' murder — Marcus D. Jefferson, 23, of Chicago; Ronald R. Pettis, 23, of Danville; and Ronesha E. Pettis, 24, of Danville. Each faces two counts of murder; one count of aggravated battery and one count of mob action.

In each of their cases, a judge found probable cause to try them on the charges.

Lacy filed the petition to transfer Anthony's charges June 1. During Monday's 2-hour hearing, she and Assistant State's Attorney Shashi Vishwanath argued that the "violent nature of the offense" and Anthony's criminal history warrant that she be treated as an adult. That history includes multiple police contacts, Lacy said.

"We presented all the facts of the case," Lacy said. "A group, basically a mob, had gathered in Fair Oaks. There was an argument between two girls that led to his stabbing death," she continued, adding that Mr. Kimmons apparently had tried to break up the fight.

Lacy said Mr. Kimmons, who lived on Campbell Lane, was the ex-boyfriend of one of the females who was allegedly attacked. She added that all of the defendants are half-siblings or related in some way.

At preliminary hearings for the other defendants, prosecutors alleged that Mr. Kimmons was stabbed in the back by the juvenile, that Jefferson and Ronald Pettis each struck the victim during the incident and that Ronesha Pettis was involved in the fight.

In matters of petitions to transfer, a judge bases the decision on the nature of the offense; the defendant's age and criminal history and any medical or mental issues; and the protection of the public, among other factors.

Anthony was represented by Assistant Public Defender Rebecca Parkhurst. DeArmond set her bond at $650,000, meaning she would have to post $65,000 in order to be released.

Anthony's preliminary hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

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map89 wrote on July 17, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Kudos to Vermilion County States Atty, Jacqueline Lacy.  Wish CCSA would follow her example.

jparks wrote on July 17, 2017 at 9:07 pm

Good.  Congratulations.  Let the justice system handle her the way it is designed to do.  Julia?????

Berto71 wrote on July 17, 2017 at 8:07 pm

Whatever happened to the times when girls were made of sugar and spice and all things nice...

RatDog wrote on July 18, 2017 at 1:07 pm

Let her rot.