DECATUR — Cory J. Marquis pleaded not guilty in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday to a charge of attempted murder in the shooting of a Decatur man.

Marquis, 30, also pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm and being an armed habitual criminal in the June 17 shooting in the 1000 block of East Main Street.

In court Wednesday, Decatur police detective Barry Hitchens said the 34-year-old victim survived a life-threatening wound after Marquis shot him through the torso.

Under questioning from Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott, Hitchens said witnesses saw Marquis chasing and pointing a gun at the victim before firing one shot from a revolver.

Sworn affidavits filed in the case said Marquis was arrested July 21 after a team of police officers and U.S. marshals found him hiding under a pile of garbage bags at a home in the 2400 block of East Eldorado Street.

A 22-year-old woman at that address was booked on a preliminary charge of concealing or aiding a fugitive, which is subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.

Marquis was arraigned by Judge Phoebe Bowers, who set the case for trial before Judge Thomas Griffith and scheduled a pretrial hearing for Oct. 2. Marquis is being held without bond in the Macon County Jail.


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