Illinois man arrested after girlfriend, daughter found slain


Photo: Champaign County Sheriff

URBANA, Ill. (AP) – An eastern Illinois man was expected to be formally charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally shooting his live-in girlfriend and her adult daughter over the weekend, a prosecutor said.

Jonathon Perry of Homer was taken into custody early Sunday after Champaign County sheriff’s deputies learned that he had visited a relative’s home in Homer and “made statements consistent with injuring or killing the women,” said sheriff’s Lt. Curt Apperson.

That relative called 911 and deputies found Perry, 28, in Homer about the same time other deputies found the bodies of Kimberly Coyne, 54, and Blair Coyne, 24, at their home just northwest of the village of St. Joseph.

Perry, who was being held at the county jail in Urbana, would be charged Monday with multiple counts of first-degree murder, State’s Attorney Julia Rietz told The (Champaign) News-Gazette on Sunday.

A message was left Monday morning with the state’s attorney’s office asking for an update on those charges.

Apperson said Kimberly Coyne was dating Perry. Her body was found inside her home, while Blair Coyne’s body was adjacent to the home’s driveway, he said.

Online court records do not list an attorney Monday who would speak on Perry’s behalf.


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