Shooting-related charges against Champaign man dismissed

Shooting-related charges against Champaign man dismissed

URBANA — A Champaign County prosecutor has dismissed shooting-related charges against a Champaign man because of difficulties with witnesses.

Assistant State's Attorney Kristin Alferink on Monday dismissed charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful use of weapons by a felon on parole that had been lodged against Mario D. Turner.

The 38-year-old Champaign man was wanted in connected with a Dec. 24, 2018, shooting in Champaign that left a man injured and was set to be tried by a jury Monday.

Champaign police were sent to the parking lot of a business in the 1400 block of North McKinley Avenue, for a shots fired call. The victim was gone but police learned later that he showed up at a local hospital with a bullet wound to the foot.

Video taken from a nearby business linked Turner to the alleged crime.

Alferink said there were some witnesses who could not be located for trial and others who declined to cooperate with her.

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