Arrest made in fatal Champaign shooting

Arrest made in fatal Champaign shooting

CHAMPAIGN — Police have arrested an Urbana man in connection with a Sept. 1 shooting in Champaign.

Police spokeswoman LaEisha Meaderds said officers arrested Jaki Pearson, 20, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Lanore, Urbana, for murder after he turned himself at the Champaign Police Department at 11:50 a.m. Sunday.

Pearson was arrested for the fatal shooting of Brandon J. Smith, 19, in the 1200 block of North McKinley Avenue.

Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer said Pearson’s attorney reached out to police and coordinated his surrender on Sunday morning.

An arrest warrant was issued for Pearson on Sept. 1. He is being held at the Champaign County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder. Bond on the warrant was set at $1 million.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Department Investigations Division at 217-403-6900 or by contacting Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS,, or through a free app for smart phones called P3 Tips.

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GLG wrote on September 10, 2017 at 6:09 pm

You would think the attorney's name would be part of the story. 

"Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer said Pearson’s attorney reached out to police and coordinated his surrender on Sunday morning."

Who will it be Ed Pirano or Harvey Welch ?


Mef wrote on September 16, 2017 at 7:09 am

If he committed murder, should he not be allowed out on any bond amount? Not that he has 100k laying around to bond himself out, but if he did, what's to say he wouldn't kill more people, knowing that he's probably going to be in jail the rest of his life anyways?

In any event, I am glad he turned himself in and Champaign streets have one less person willing to rationalize murdering someone as an acceptable behavior to resolve disputes.