Murder suspect officially charged with shooting man

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Shoen Russell, 48 Shoen Russell, 48

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – A man accused of killing another in a shooting is officially facing first-degree murder charges.

Police say Shoen Russell, 48, shot and killed Darin Mitchell after they began arguing with each other at about 9 p.m. on Aug. 23. They say it happened outside of the American Legion Hall, located at 704 N. Hickory Ave. in Champaign, when the two hit each other before Russell took out a gun and shot Mitchell in the stomach.

Mitchell died from his wounds in the hospital. Police found him at the scene.  

Officers in Waterloo, Iowa, caught Russell on Oct. 2. Law enforcement in Champaign County had issued at $5 million warrant for his arrest.

Russell faces four counts of first-degree murder in Champaign County. He requested time to hire a private attorney in a Wednesday court appearance.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz says he could face between 45 and 85 years in prison if he’s found guilty.

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