Judge upholds $5 million bond in fatal Danville shooting

Judge upholds $5 million bond in fatal Danville shooting

DANVILLE — A 26-year-old man cried Monday when a judge read the criminal charges that were filed against him for allegedly shooting a fellow Danville man to death early Sunday morning.

Marcus Carter, of the 700 block of Florida Street, was formally charged with three counts of first-degree murderand one count of felony possession of a firearm, a Class 3 felony, in connection with the death of Lucas W. Stark, 35.

Sky P. Jones, whom prosecutors identified as Carter's girlfriend, was also formally charged with one count of obstruction of justice, a Class 4 felony, in connection with Mr. Stark's murder.

The 27-year-old Danville woman, who listed the same address as Carter, also wept when Vermilion County Associate Judge Derek Girton read the charge against her.

At their separate arraignment hearings at the Rita B. Garman Vermilion County Courthouse, both Carter and Jones appeared before Girton via video link from jail.

Girton assigned the public defender's office to represent them per their request.

Girton upheld Carter's bond of $5 million, meaning he would have to pay $500,000 in order to be released.

The judge set Jones' bond at $10,000, meaning she would have to pay $1,000 in order to be released.

Preliminary hearings for both were set for Nov. 2.

If Carter is convicted of murder, he faces 20 to 60 years in prison or up to life if special penalty provisions apply, and he would be required to serve 100 percent of his sentence.

If Jones is convicted, she could face one to three years in prison or probation.

Police said an argument between Carter and Mr. Stark apparently led to the shooting, which occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday in the 700 block of Florida Street.

When police arrived, they found the victim with a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 4 p.m.

At Jones' arraignment, Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said when police interviewed Jones after the shooting, she told them the door to the house was unlocked and an unknown white male broke in and shot Mr. Stark.

"She continued to persist with that story," Weber said.

However, the prosecutor said two other eyewitnesses told police the two men had been arguing over money, and they saw Carter pull out a revolver and shoot Mr. Stark.

After police went back to Jones with their account, she said she thought Carter had shot Mr. Stark accidentally.

"She said she lied because she was scared," Weber said.

After Girton set Jones' bond, she started crying again.

"I don't have any money or anyone to bond me out," she said.

Carter was convicted of aggravated battery in 2011 and unlawful possession of a credit card in 2012, both in Vermilion County. He was sentenced to probation in both cases, but ended up in prison for probation violations.

He was also sentenced to prison for a 2013 forgery conviction. He was also charged with theft over $500 in March, and that case is still pending.

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Bra adamant wrote on October 23, 2017 at 3:10 pm

Bad choices abound here. Lady, you picked your boyfriend. See where he got you? Lying to police. You're lucky you aren't up on murder charges with him.

And solving an argument with a gun? Really? Get your money back? No? And never will. And you'll be lucky to see daylight again.

People, read this story and learn. Make better choices.