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Five Charged in Three Separate Rockford Murder Investigations

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Murder charges have been filed against five people in three separate homicide investigations the Winnebago County State’s Attorney announced in a news conference which was cut short by a fire alarm in the courthouse.

The first happened in December of 2015 when Rachel Garrett was found shot to death inside her apartment at the Fairgrounds Housing Complex.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato says that three men, Deonte Lamont Gunnell, 22, Lonnie Williams, 21 and Donnie Williams, also 21 face 18 counts of First Degree Murder each.

At the time of the news conference, photos of Donnie and Lonnie Williams were not available.

The second happened in January of 2015 when Benito Martinez was found dead in the street outside a club in the 700 block of Oakley Ave.  Investigators also found a female victim, Tarina Mitchell, dead in a car nearby along with a wounded man named Derrick Patterson who survived.

29-year-old Terrick Terell Mackey faces a 41 count indictment including 36 counts of 1st degree murder for the double murder.  Mackey is also facing charges for a carjacking incident from April of 2016.

Finally, the teen who allegedly killed 12-year-old Donovan Ruland on his ATV outside of his home, 16-year-old Anthony Shyheem Jenkins, is being charged as an adult on a 17-count indictment including 16 counts of First Degree Murder.

Ruland died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

A photo of Jenkins was not available since it appears he is not being housed in the adult jail.

Bruscato made a point of thanking investigators with the Rockford Police Department for he said was very difficult work in solving these murder cases.

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