URBANA — U.S. marshals have arrested a former Jackson, Tenn., man in connection with the murder of a Rantoul man more than a year ago.
Lt. Ed Ogle of the Champaign County sheriff's office reported that Joseph Emery, 33, whose last known address was in Jackson, Tenn., was arrested by U.S. marshals in Tennessee on Saturday.
Emery was wanted for the Jan. 7, 2011, murder of Marcus "Boo Man" Brown, 21, who lived in the Bell Apartments on U.S. 136.
He was shot in the back of the head, but the bullet wasn't discovered until after an autopsy two days later. Authorities initially thought he may have died from an asthma attack since there was very little bleeding from his head, most of it having gone inward. Sheriff's deputies also learned that Mr. Brown's laptop computer had been stolen.
The bullet taken from Mr. Brown matched the one that came from the gun used that same day to shoot Dennis Droughns, which was found in a home in Rantoul after Droughns was shot.
Droughns was shot in the back but not seriously injured.
A co-defendant in the murder case, Steven Monroe of Rantoul, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for possessing the weapon.
Monroe was convicted in December of unlawful use of weapons by a felon in connection with Droughns' shooting.
The same jury couldn't reach a verdict in a separate case in which Monroe was charged with the murder of Mr. Brown.
Another co-defendant in the murder case, Roy Duckworth, 27, of Rantoul, is in jail awaiting trial.