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Decatur man denies charges after prosecutors say he was shot in gunfight

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DECATUR — A Decatur man who prosecutors said was shot in a street gunfight has pleaded not guilty to a charge of unlawfully possessing a weapon as a felon.

A sworn police affidavit linked to the case said Charles L. Palmer, 27, arrived at Decatur Memorial Hospital with a bullet hole in his arm on the morning of Aug. 30, after gunfire erupted in the area of East Hickory and North Woodford streets. Palmer was arrested June 3.

During the hearing Wednesday, Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott said Palmer matched witnesses’ descriptions of one of the gunmen.

The affidavit quotes the suspect who resembled Palmer as getting hit during the gunfight. “The subject fell and stated ‘I’m hit,’ he was then driven away from the scene,” the statement said.

Scott said a .22 caliber handgun found dumped in a front yard in the 1400 block of East Hickory was later matched by the State Police Crime Lab with Palmer’s DNA. The match was so close it was classed as one in 460 billion.

Judge Jeffrey Geisler ruled there was sufficient evidence to proceed with the case against Palmer and scheduled it for a pretrial hearing July 31. Palmer remained held in the Macon County Jail on Thursday night in lieu of posting $50,000 bond.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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