FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) – A jury decides the fate of the man accused of a deadly bar shooting in Freeport.
After less than an hour of deliberations, Devon Marcum is found guilty on five counts of Murder and another count of Attempted Murder. The family of one of his victims say it gives them some comfort to know their loved-ones killer will pay for his crimes.
“I feel justice was served. He got what was coming,” said Sharie Hoster and Krista Tucker, mother and sister of victim Kyle Tucker. “He got what he deserved. They can’t live their life, so I think he should spend the rest of what he has behind bars. It’s only right.”
In February, the 23-year-old Marcum opened fire at the Cedar Inn in Freeport, killing Kyle Tucker and Shaun Bradbury. Michael Steinhauser was also shot. He survived. Marcum’s lawyer says his cilent was stunned by the verdict.
“He is shocked. He doesn’t understand how he was defending himself, and they still found that he had the intent to kill each one of the victims,” said Elder Granger II. “My client in no way was expecting to be found not guilty of everything at all, but not of First Degree Murder.”
Stephenson County State’s Attorney Carl Larson says Marcum made a conscious decision to take a life.
“I think that there’s some idea that to be First Degree Murder in Illinois, some degree of planning or premeditation is required, and that’s simply not the case,” said Larson. “Any time a person makes a decision to take another person’s life, without justification, that’s First Degree Murder.”
According to Marcum’s lawyer, he is planning to appeal.
“Well, virtually any felony trial that results in a finding of guilty is appealed,” said Larson. “I think we’ve got a clean record in this case. I’m not at all concerned about being overturned on appeal.”
Family members of victim Kyle Tucker say they are not worried either.
“He will appeal, and probably appeal, and appeal, and appeal, until maybe the day he dies, I’m not sure,” said Sharie Hoster and Krista Tucker. “But, I don’t think, with the way this case went, he has a leg to stand on, really.”
Marcum is due back in court in October for sentencing.