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Suspects in Fair homicide appear in bonding court

Peoria, Ill. (HOI) – 18-year-old Doyle Eugene Nelson was in bonding court Friday, charged with two counts of first degree murder in connection to the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Zarious Fair. The 11th homicide for the city in 2019 happened in the East Bluff neighborhood on East Frye.

Peoria Police believe a 14-year-old boy pulled the trigger, but Nelson was there for what started as an armed robbery. Nelson denies touching the victim.

Officials cited Nelson’s record for setting his bond at $2 million, with a possibility of 35-75 years for each count with no probation.

Nelson is due back in court July 11th.

The 14 year-old who allegedly fired 3 fatal shots was in Juvenile court on Friday. He is charged with 2 counts of 1st degree murder and 1 count of unlawful possession of a fire arm under the age of 18.

He is currently being held at the Juvenile Detention Center with a transfer hearing to be tired as an adult on July 8th.

Family and friends of Zarious Fair say they’re angry he was taken to senseless crime, and held a candlelight vigil Thursday night.


Jenise Rebholz

Evening Anchor, Heart of Illinois ABC

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