Man accused of killing 2 men at Freeport bar claimed he had to make ‘sacrifice’

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — The man accused of shooting and killing two men in a Cedarville bar in February was back in court on Wednesday.

Police say 23-year-old Devin Marcum opened fire on two men in a parking lot of the Cedar Inn, 4747 IL-26, following an argument that started inside the establishment.

According to the Stephenson County Sheriff, Marcum shot and killed Kyle Tucker and Shaun Bradbury, and wounded Michael Steinhauser.

Several officers took the stand as witnesses at today’s proceedings, and prosecutors tried to prove Marcum lied to investigators in the hours after the shooting.

Prosecutors showed body cam footage from Freeport officers on the night of Marcum’s arrest.

In the video, a visibly distraught Marcum is heard saying, “I didn’t get away fast enough,” and “I was in the wrong,” saying he had to make a “sacrifice” for his sisters and he “messed up.”

A tape of Marcum’s interview with investigators, taken five hours after the shooting, was also presented in court.

In that video, Marcum accused another man of the shootings, claiming that man gave Marcum the gun in order to hide it.

Marcum’s defense team argued the shooting was in self defense, to protect one of his sisters, who was the target of cyber bullying and threats, they allege.

Prosecutors said the case is wrapping up and that they are expecting to begin closing arguments late tomorrow or Friday.


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