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Centralia Police Say Arrest Made in June 5th Shooting At Laura Leake Park

June 14, 2016

Centralia Police say a 22-year-old man has been arrested in Chicago on a warrant in connection with the June 5th shooting of two men in Laura Leake Park.

Darius D. Holliday was located in Cook County on Thursday and is currently being held in Chicago on the warrant that charges two Class X felonies of aggravated battery.  Bond on the warrant is set at $300,000.  

Holliday is accused of shooting 19-year-old Devale Johnson of Georgia and 52-year-old Juan Hayes of Chicago in the pavilion area of the park.  Police believe Johnson was the target of the shooting and Hayes was hit unintentionally as he ran for his pickup truck when gunfire began.  Both were shot in the upper leg area.   They both received initial treatment at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital and then transferred to St. Louis hospitals for non-threatening injuries.  

Marion County State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach says he elected to file the aggravated battery with a weapon charges instead of attempted murder because both are Class X offenses that carry the same penalty and the aggravated battery charge is easier to prove.  

Wilzbach reports Holliday initially came up as a suspect through Facebook postings and others who came forward to police. Holliday was then identified as the shooter through line-ups set up by police.

Wilzbach said Johnson claimed to have had no prior knowledge of Holliday.  Johnson claimed Holliday pulled the gun and shot him after he had questioned Holliday about an earlier event where a girl had been followed while riding her bike.  

Centralia Police Detectives say the event was recorded on video surveillance from the Marion County Housing Authority.  Police have had prior contact with Holliday.  They say Holliday resides part of the time in Centralia along with Chicago and Danville.  

The warrant was issued last Wednesday.   

Holliday has been sentenced twice before to prison in Vermillion County Court at Danville.  He received a two year prison term for mob action in February 2014 and three years after his probation was revoked for possession of a firearm with an altered serial number last June.  He was released from custody and placed on parole in February.  

Marion County Sheriff’s officials say there are no local charges against Holliday in Chicago so he has been cleared to be pick up and returned to the Marion County Jail to face the charges.

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