CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man is in police custody for killing another man in northwest Champaign earlier this month.
Champaign police believe that Brandon Collier, 21, either was mistaken about who Terron Jackson was or was aiming at someone else.
Collier, who listed an address in the 300 block of East Hill Street, was arrested about 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at his home on a warrant that had been issued earlier in the day charging him with the first-degree murder of Mr. Jackson, a 30-year-old from Champaign.
Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said there was an argument between April Collier, who is Brandon Collier's sister, and another unidentified person that happened at a home on Williamsburg Drive. April Collier then went to a home at the northeast corner of Holly Hill and Garden Hills, where she was reportedly complaining to her brother about being beaten up.
"Witnesses see Brandon Collier and others come out of that Holly Hill house and move into or across the street," Ziegler said. "Other witnesses say Terron Jackson and others hear this commotion and walk north on Garden Hills Drive to see what's going on. Then there are shots fired and witnesses realize Terron has been hit, is down in the road, and the guy that fired is Brandon Collier."
Ziegler said it was clear from witness statements that Collier was shooting in the direction of Mr. Jackson but the prosecutor said he had "no idea why."
"All I know is that part of Garden Hills is really dark," Ziegler said.
Mr. Jackson was hit with a single shot just before midnight on Monday, July 13, as he was out on Garden Hills Drive, just south of Holly Hill. He died two days later from his injuries.
"All indications are that this was mistaken identity or him caught in the middle of gunfire," said Lt. Dave Shaffer.
Collier had emerged as a suspect early in the police investigation but it wasn't until Tuesday that investigators had enough information to obtain an arrest warrant.
In court Wednesday, Judge John Kennedy left Collier’s bond at $1 million and told him to be back next week with an attorney.
Kennedy advised Collier that he faces 45 to 85 years in prison if convicted.
Also arrested on Tuesday night at Collier’s home was Eric B. Dorsey, 34, who had a magazine with live ammunition in his pocket.
He was charged Wednesday with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.
A police report said Dorsey was outside when police went to arrest Collier for the murder.
Dorsey began yelling at police and moving toward the front door of the home even though officers had told him to stay back, the report said.
Dorsey continued to disobey officers’ orders and even the attempts of his girlfriend to keep him back during Collier’s arrest, cursing and yelling at the officers until they decided to arrest him for allegedly interfering.
After arresting him, they searched him and found a magazine in his pocket containing several rounds of .380-caliber ammunition but no weapon, the report said.
With prior felony convictions for armed robbery, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and obstructing justice, Dorsey is not allowed to possess weapons or ammunition.
The state’s attorney’s office opted to charge him only with the weapons violation. Kennedy set his bond at $25,000 and told him to be back in court Sept. 1.