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Decatur man wanted in June shooting found hiding under garbage bags, police say

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DECATUR — Police arrested a 30-year-old Decatur man wanted in a June 17 shooting in the 1000 block of East Main Street, according to a signed police affidavit. 

Cory J. Marquis was taken into custody after Decatur police, the Macon County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service found him hiding in a house in the 2400 block of East Eldorado Street at about 3:42 a.m Saturday. 

A 22-year-old woman who lives at the East Eldorado residence answered the door when officers arrived to arrest Marquis, the affidavit said. She initially told officers that no one was in the house, the affidavit said, and gave them permission to search the residence. 

Marquis was later found hiding under several bags of garbage in the house's basement, the affidavit said. 

Police issued an arrest warrant for Marquis on a preliminary charge of attempted murder on June 20. The shooting he was wanted for happened at 3:15 a.m. on June 17, and the 34-year-old male victim was taken from the scene to HSHS St. Mary's Hospital.

The victim was later transferred to HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Police said he was treated for "life-threatening" injuries after the shooting. 

Marquis was also arrested on a warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections for a parole violation, the affidavit said. He was held in the Macon County Jail on Monday. The 22-year-old homeowner was arrested Saturday on a preliminary charge of concealing or aiding a fugitive. 

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 


Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR

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