Man charged with five counts of murder in downtown Champaign shooting

Man charged with five counts of murder in downtown Champaign shooting

A prosecutor's report said the man charged with murdering a man in downtown Champaign on Sunday told police that he didn't mean to shoot anyone.

Judge Brett Olmstead on Monday laid out the charges for 28-year-old David Denson of Champaign.

In all, Denson is charged with five counts of first degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.  On each murder charge, the sentencing range is 45 to 85 years in prison.

Denson on Monday pleaded not guilty and had a pretrial hearing set for Sep. 19. He remains jailed on $1.5 million bond.

Prosecutors said officers were called to a parking lot at Walnut and Washington at around 4 a.m. Sunday.  They found the victim, 30 year-old Terry Moore Jr. of Champaign, with a gunshot wound to the chest.  Mr. Moore died at the hospital.

Witnesses later told police that Denson was belligerent and upset and had been drinking.  They said Denson threw a bottle at Mr. Moore, and when the group tried to retreat, Denson shot Mr. Moore once.

Denson then left in a vehicle and was later arrested in Urbana. 

Prosecutors said Denson admitted to being at the scene with a gun and said he didn't mean to shoot anyone.  Police also found the gun that they believe was used.

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