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Persons of interest in Rockford double homicide in custody

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – Two men wanted for allegedly shooting a dog and for questioning in a double homicide are now in custody.

Kelvin Langston, 28, turned himself into police just after noon Friday. He’s charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, unlawful use of weapons by a felon, unlawful use of weapons by a gang member, reckless discharge or firearm and no FOID. Police say those charges stem from a an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, July 19. 

Shortly after 2:30 a.m., patrol officers responded to a report of shots fired at 727 Bruce St. Police say a 27-year-old woman was dog sitting for a friend when two armed men, one identified as Langston, allegedly entered the house and took turns shooting the animal. The men then fled the scene. The dog died.

The other suspect 26-year-old Douglas Hollyfield, faces similar charges.  Thursday, Aug. 8, investigators were notified that Hollyfield had been taken into custody by the Chicago Police Department.

Langston and Hollyfield are also persons of interest in a double homicide that occurred Thursday at the same address where the dog was shot. The victims in that shooting were Langston’s sister and brother-in-law. 

Langston is currently being held in the Winnebago County Jail. His bond has been set at $150,000. Hollyfield is in the Cook County Jail. 

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