June 4th, 2015

Man charged with first-degree murder sentenced to 65 years

Thirty-year-old Champaign County resident Micah Hopkins was sentenced to 65 years for a first-degree murder charge after shooting his friend, 26-year-old Allen Redding, in June 2014, according to the News-Gazette on May 15. Court documents showed that an altercation regarding money happened between Hopkins and Redding in the yard of Redding’s cousins, and ultimately resulted in Hopkins shooting Redding. Seven...

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April 21st, 2015

Champaign jury rejects self-defense plea and convicts man in shooting

A jury in Champaign County deliberated for five hours on April 9 before rejecting 30-year-old local Micah Hopkins’ claim that he shot 26-year-old local Allen Redding repeatedly in self-defense, thereby convicting Hopkins of first-degree murder, according to the News-Gazette. Redding suffered eight gunshot wounds in the yard of his cousin’s home at around 5:30 p.m. on...

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February 23rd, 2015

Chapel Hill triple-murder suspect charged with first-degree murder

A grand jury in Durham County, North Carolina indicted 46-year-old Craig Hicks on three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of three Muslim college students, identified as 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his 21-year-old wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, The Herald-Sun reported on February 16. They were reportedly shot on February...

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