Man charged with murder in shooting death of Rockford man

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Charges have been filed against a 26-year-old Rockford man in a homicide that occurred last December. Nickles T. Parks was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, concealing a homicide an armed robbery in connection with the death of 31-year-old Jamie Stephens. Stephens' body was found Dec. 10 in the 9200 block of Knapp Road. He had been shot several times. Parks is lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. His bond is currently set at $2 million.…

Body found outside of Rockford identified, death considered a homicide

UPDATE: Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz's office reported Wednesday afternoon that Jamie Stephens died from multiple gunshot wounds. By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD -- The body found Monday in rural Winnebago County has been identified and police are investigating the death as a homicide. The body of 31-year-old Rockford resident Jamie Stephens was discovered at around 1:15 p.m. Monday in the 9200 block of Knapp Road. How Stephens died has not been disclosed, although…

Third person charged in Winnebago County homicide

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A third suspect has been charged in the death of a 31-year-old man whose body was found last year in rural Winnebago County, Sheriff Gary Caruana's office announced Thursday.  Amber N. Brewer, 27, of Janesville, Wisconsin, is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated unlawful restraint and two counts of concealment of a homicidal death. The sheriff says charges against Brewer stem from the death of Jamie R. Stephens.…

Second suspect charged in Winnebago County homicide

Staff Report ROCKFORD -- A second man has been charged in the shooting death a 31-year-old Rockford man. Joshua J. Whittie, 19, is charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and concealing a homicidal death in the death Jamie R. Stephens, whose body was found last Dec. 10 at the 9200 block of Knapp Road. Authorities say Stephens was shot at another location and moved to where his remains were discovered.  Nickles T. Parks, 26, faces similar charges. He was arrested in January and…