Former IHOP manager now facing murder charges

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Jason White, 27 Jason White, 27
Ryan Waters, 20 Ryan Waters, 20
Autumn Billings, 26 Autumn Billings, 26

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - One of three people arrested for murder this week is accused of firing shots in a restaurant. 

Decatur police say Jason White, 27, Ryan Waters, 20, and Autumn Billings, 26, were arrested on September 13 in connection with the death of 22-year-old Zachary Hubbartt.  Police say White and Waters were arrested on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder, while Billings was arrested on a preliminary charge of obstructing justice.

White stands accused of firing a handgun during an argument in a Decatur IHOP, where he worked as manager. Police say it happened on the morning of April 9 after an argument broke out between employees and staff. White faces armed habitual criminal and aggravated discharge of a firearm charges in that case. 

He's scheduled to be in court on Oct. 11 for the shooting investigation. 

In the murder case, detectives say Hubbartt's body was found inside a vacant house in the 1200 block of East Condit Street on August 27.  Macon County Coroner Michael Day says preliminary autopsy results revealed that Hubbartt sustained gunshot wounds to the head, upper and lower torso, and right upper extremity.

Deputy Chief Dickerson says, "This case should serve as an example to the many people who may have known Zach Hubbartt, or that know the three arrested subjects, that bad choices made in life are very likely to result in very bad life consequences.  It is never too late for one to make changes and lead a productive and lawful lifestyle."

The investigation into Hubbartt's death is ongoing. 

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