Five charged in relation to robbery, murder


URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Five people appeared in court on Wednesday in relation to a robbery and murder that was staged to look like a home invasion, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Troy Lozar.

Lozar said that on Monday night, Jaquan Shorter, Ryan Mason, Erion Davis-Murdock, Kareasha Alston and Shaniquh Johns allegedly lured Trenton Jones to a home on North Division Avenue to rob him. One of the five shot Jones and stabbed him with a bayonet attached to a World War II-era rifle.

Lozar also said that Johns allegedly called 911 to say the incident was a home invasion. Officers arrived and later pronounced Jones dead at the scene.

Each person faces four counts of first degree murder, with each count carrying a penalty of 20-60 years in prison if convicted. Judge Ben Dyer set bond for Mason, Shorter and Davis Murdock at $5 million and bond for Alston and Johns at $2.5 million.

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