UPDATE: Urbana man charged with murder in 2017 Danville shootings

UPDATE: Urbana man charged with murder in 2017 Danville shootings

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.:

DANVILLE — A year and seven months after two Danville men were gunned down at one of the men's home, an Urbana man has been charged with their murders.

Nicholas D. Trimble, 38, was charged Tuesday in Vermilion County Circuit Court with six counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 4, 2017, deaths of Rafael Arevalo and Omar Roman, both 26.

Loved ones of the victims sobbed when Trimble appeared on video camera from the county jail at his initial hearing.

Associate Judge Karen Wall read the charges, including two counts that alleged he personally fired the gun that caused the victims' deaths, to Trimble and told him they were punishable by 45 years to life under special penalty provisions.

Wall set his next hearing for 9:30 a.m. May 3 and appointed the public defender's office to represent him.

She then upheld his bond of $10 million, meaning he would have to post $1 million to be released.

State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy recommended the high amount, saying that on Sept. 4, 2017, Trimble and another man entered Mr. Arevalo's residence at 517 Harvey St. when the two victims were present.

Lacy said videotape from a security camera shows the defendant going into the kitchen, which is off camera.

"It appears as though Rafael Arevalo was shot inside the kitchen," Lacy said.

Then she said the video shows Trimble returning to the living room and shooting Mr. Roman as he sat on the couch. Trimble and the other man then leave the house, Lacy said.

Lacy said other physical evidence left at the scene and cellphone activity also tie Trimble to the murders.

Lacy pointed out Trimble's long criminal history, which includes convictions for theft in 1999, possession of a controlled substance in 2000 and 2003, DUI in 2013 and aggravated battery in 2015, all from Coles County.

A warrant for Trimble's arrest was issued Monday, according to Danville police Cmdr. Josh Webb.

Webb said members of the Danville and Champaign police departments, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshal's Office conducted surveillance on Trimble, and he was taken into custody around 3:25 p.m. that day in the area of Fourth Street and Kirby Avenue in Champaign.

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Original story, published 11:45 a.m.:

CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana man has been arrested in connection with the 2017 murder of two men in Danville.

Danville Police Cmdr. Josh Webb said 38-year-old Nicholas Trimble was arrested Monday near Fourth Street and Kirby Avenue in Champaign. Trimble was taken into custody with the help of the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

Trimble is being held on charges of first-degree murder. His bond was set at $10 million.

The arrest stems from the murders of Rafael Arevalo and Omar Roman, both of Danville, on Sept. 4, 2017.

Police say both victims were found dead in a home in the 500 block of Harvey Street, when officers responded to a report of shots fired.

— Michael Kiser

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