Small increase in Sangamon County homicides in 2014

SPRINGFIELD - Authorities say Sangamon County saw a small increase in the number of homicides in 2014.

In 2014, seven homicides were reported in Sangamon County, with arrests made in five of those incidents.  That's compared to 2013, where just five homicides were reported.  In 2012, police investigated 14 homicides.

According to Sangamon County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Joe Roesch, it's difficult to determine any trends with the relatively low number of homicides.  Roesch also says investigators worked on 2014's first homicide, the January 31 shooting death of Justin Sharp, for weeks.  That investigation led to the arrest of three people.  Three arrests were also made in connection with a March shooting death, and two arrests were made in connection with a May stabbing death.
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