Chase ends in murder suspect's arrest

We now know the name of the woman who was murdered

Update: 1/02/18 MONDAY 5:00pm

The brother of Richard Stover said he found out the details of his mothers death today in court. Police say Stover suffocated her with her own pillows and blankets and stayed with her dead body for hours. He also robbed the Walgreens on Springfield and Mattis, went back to his mothers home, where police say they found him in a stolen vehicle. He led police to Mahomet, where he crashed the car into a ditch. Mclaughlin says his brother has been mentally unstable for years, and he just wishes he could get help.

"I'm not begging leniency for him. That man killed my mother, but I would have certainly thought after all this time if he had any remorse he would have owned it and something in him would have clicked and things would have moved forward and he's not causing more undue duress on those left behind."
Stover appeared in court wearing a suicide prevention suit. Mclaughlin says his brother has spent 17 years in and out of jail and mental facilities. He now faces 20 to 60 years in prison.
 

Update: 12/30/17 Saturday 12:00pm

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) -- Stover’s bond has been set at $5 million.

If he makes bond, the judge says he can’t be released until he’s fitted with an electronic GPS tracker.

Stover's arraignment will be held on January 2nd at 1:30pm.

Update: 12/29/17 Friday 10:30pm

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) --  Police and sheriff's deputies chased a murder suspect from Champaign to Mahomet.

Richard Stover is accused of robbing a Walgreens, murdering a 60-year-old woman, and leading police on a chase.

We now know the murder victim's name is Betty Stover.

Police haven't said how she died or how Betty and Richard are related. But neighbors said they were mother and son.

Stover is scheduled to be in court on Saturday 12/30/17. 

He has a long criminal history. He's faced a slew of charges in the past including DUI, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and armed robbery.   

Original: 12/29/17 Friday 1:38p

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) - Champaign Police responded to the Walgreens at 1713 W. Springfield Ave. in Champaign just before 2 a.m. for a reported robbery at that location.  The suspect demanded the clerk give him all the money, and fled that location in a vehicle with an undisclosed amount of currency. 

 

A Champaign Police Officer located an unoccupied vehicle in the 1800 block of Sangamon, which matched the description of the suspect vehicle from the Walgreens robbery. Officers began surveillance on that vehicle, and at approximately 6:55 AM, officers observed the suspect enter the vehicle. 

 

A Champaign Police Officer pulled his squad car behind the suspect vehicle to prevent the suspect from driving away.  The suspect then repeatedly backed into the occupied squad car until able to maneuver around the squad car and flee from officers.

 

A second, unoccupied vehicle was also struck by the suspect vehicle as it fled from the scene.  As the suspect fled in the vehicle, Champaign Police Officers pursued the suspect for approximately ten minutes.  During the vehicle pursuit, the suspect’s driving actions increasingly posed a risk to the public, and as a result, the officers were forced to end the pursuit.  

 

At approximately 10:00 AM, officers conducted a welfare check of the suspect’s relative at a residence in the 1800 block of Sangamon.  Inside the residence, officers discovered a 60-year-old female that was deceased.  Officers are treating this death as a Homicide. 

 

At approximately 10:27 AM, officers from the Champaign Police Department and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect driving the vehicle near the intersection of Cardinal Road and Rising Road.  The suspect again fled from officers in his vehicle.  At one point during the pursuit, a Champaign County Sheriff’s deputy discharged his weapon at the suspect vehicle. The investigation into the weapon discharge is being led by the Illinois State Police. 

 

The pursuit continued, and officers pursued the suspect at high speeds until officers found the suspect vehicle unoccupied in a ditch in the 500 block of N. Division in Mahomet. Officers searched for the suspect until he was found outside the Mahomet High School at approximately 11:01 AM.  When found, he displayed a knife and refused to put it down after being commanded to do so by officers.  A Taser was used against the suspect, and he was safely apprehended by sheriff’s deputies and Champaign Police officers.  The suspect was transported to the hospital where he was treated, and released to the Champaign Police.

 

The suspect is identified as Richard O. Stover, a 41-year-old from Champaign. He was ultimately transported to the Champaign County Correctional Center for the preliminary charges of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding a Peace Officer.


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