ST. JOSEPH, Ill. (WCIA) — A man was arrested this morning accused of killing a mother and daughter. They are Kimberly Coyne, age 54, and her daughter Blair Coyne, age 24. They were pronounced dead at their home in the 1600 block of County Road 2200 East in St. Joseph Township.
Champaign County Sheriff Deputies were called to the home on Shore Drive around 4:15 a.m. for a welfare check.
Deputies searched the property and discovered two women dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
They located suspect Jonathon Perry and placed him under arrest.
Perry was transported to the Champaign County Correctional Center where he is being charged with murder.
Champaign County Sheriff’s Office investigator Curt Apperson believes Perry was in a relationship with one of the two women.
Perry was sentenced to 8 years in prison in 2012 for residential burglary, but was released early. The victims’ deaths are being investigated by the Champaign County Sheriff’s Department and the coroner’s office as homicides.
Perry will appear in court Monday afternoon at 1:30. He is expected to be charged with 8 counts of first degree murder, 4 per victim. If he’s found guilty of killing both of them, he will serve a mandatory life sentence.