5 charged in 3 Rockford killings

By Jim Hagerty
Reporter

ROCKFORD — Five people have been charged in three Rockford homicides, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced Thursday. 

David R. Stephens, 30, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated discharged of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, reckless discharge of a firearm, and aggravated assault in the shooting death of Theodore Daniels.

Daniels was among multiple victims shot in the basement of 426 Howard St. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly before 1 a.m.,  Nov. 11, Rockford Police Officers responded to a shooting in the parking lot of the Citgo station at 4315 Auburn St. During the course of their investigation, officers located the body of 37-year-old Jennifer Jones. A second victim was treated at a local hospital and survived. 

After a follow-up investigation, arrest warrants were issued for Marquell E. Longs, 26; Antonio L. Sago, 29; and Devontai M. Dotson, 28. Each faces a more than 30-count indictment that includes first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and mob action. 

Quincy Wright, 23, has been charged in a 40-count indictment. Charges include first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of  weapon by a felon.

Charges against Wright stem from the deaths of Shawnquez Edwards and Chiyara Nelson, who were shot Nov. 25 near 8th Street and Broadway. Edwards was pronounced dead at the scene. Nelson died at a local hospital. 
A third person was shot and survived.

The indictments announced Thursday total 132 charges. R.

 

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