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URBANA — The attorney for a Champaign teen accused of fatally shooting a friend last month has asked that a psychiatrist examine him.

Judge Heidi Ladd agreed Friday to the request by Assistant Public Defender Andrea Bergstrom on behalf of her 15-year-old client, charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm in connection with the death of Elijha Booker, 14.

Ladd appointed Champaign psychiatrist Larry Jeckel to examine the teen and continued his case until July 22.

Mr. Booker was shot about 1:30 a.m. May 11, inside the other teen's house in the 1600 block of Hedge Road in Champaign. Police were summoned there and found the wounded teen on the floor. He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he died about a half-hour later.

Another 18-year-old in the house was injured, apparently by the same bullet, which went through Mr. Booker and lodged in the other teen's ribs. He told police he was sleeping when it happened.

The teen who allegedly accidentally fired the shot that killed Mr. Booker was not in the home when police arrived and could not immediately be found.

His parents brought him to the juvenile detention center 10 days later, after a warrant of apprehension had been issued for him. He also faces an unresolved aggravated-battery case.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).