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Champaign County's top prosecutor said a dispute at a party led to a fatal shooting in Champaign this month.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz made the comments after 28-year-old Isaiah Cain went before a judge for the first time Wednesday via video from jail. Judge John Kennedy read off three counts of first-degree murder, alleging that on May 5 Cain shot and killed 21-year-old Scott Roth. Kennedy told Cain the possible penalty upon conviction is 45 to 85 years in prison.

Kennedy gave Cain until May 24 to hire an attorney. He left the man's bond at $2 million.

Cain was calm throughout the short hearing, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and only speaking to answer the judge's questions.

After court, Rietz said in the early morning hours of May 5, several people were at a party in the 400 block of Edgebrook Drive.

"There were a number of individuals in the parking lot of that apartment building. During the course of that party, Scott Roth was shot and killed," Rietz said.

"Witnesses were able to give a description to the police department of the shooter. There were also a number of vehicles that left from the party. Champaign police were able to link one of those vehicles to Isaiah Cain. He met the physical description of the shooter, including that he was wearing a cast."

Rietz did not say if Roth was the target, nor did she say whether the victim and suspect knew each other.

WDWS Reporter

Tim Ditman is a reporter at WDWS 1400-AM. His email is