DECATUR — Police obtained an arrest warrant Wednesday for Floyd D. Banks, who investigators say is a suspect in the Christmas Day shooting death of 39-year-old Marvin T. Murphy in Decatur. 

Sgt. Chris Copeland said in a statement that Banks, 36, is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and remains at large as of Wednesday afternoon. He should be considered armed and dangerous, Copeland said. 

Copeland encourages anyone who may have information about Murphy's murder or Banks' whereabouts to contact the police department at (217) 424-2734 or CrimeStoppers at (217) 423-8477.

Police will not release more information at this time, he said. 

On Dec. 25, police found Murphy shot in a residence in the 1600 block of North 32nd Street around 9:30 p.m. He was taken to Decatur Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at 10:58 p.m., Macon County Coroner Michael Day said. 

Murphy's death was Decatur's 10th homicide in 2017. After the murder, community leaders called for exploring solutions that included a blue-ribbon committee to study the surge in violence, greater sentences for those convicted of violent crimes, stricter gun laws and more community involvement.

jcook@herald-review.com | (217) 421-7980

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