One step closer to justice

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 07/02 2014 07:11PM

Updated 07/10 2014 06:14PM

Update: 6:01 pm, 7/10/14, Thursday
CHAMPAIGN -- An area mother is one step closer to getting justice. Another man was arrested, accused of being involved in her son's death. Early Thursday, 38-year old Paul Craig turned himself into police. It's the second arrest in the murder of Allen Redding. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine spoke with the family.

It was a bittersweet moment. The suspects were friends of the family which makes it hurt even more.

"He had a lot of people that loved him as that special person. He had a goal and his goal was shot short."

Allen Redding was shot multiple times. His mother says his killers were friends of the family who ate at her dinner table.

"I helped raise them boys. I love them like I love my own child. I would have done anything to deal with this problem without this. Whatever they wanted me to do as a mother to help them boys, I would have did it. Even if that meant laying my life on the line. I'm in shock."

Police issued warrants for three men. They arrested Devon Craig in Chicago and they caught a break when his brother, Paul Craig, turned himself in. Micah Hopkins is still on the run.

"I'm happy that he came to his senses and turned himself in. I am happy with that, but it's still just not enough."

She will never get the chance to give her son a hug or kiss and it's clear this mother's pain runs deep.

"I'm not only hurt for my child, I'm hurt for them too. I love them boys and they know I do. They know I do. So, where do you go from here? How could I start over? What can I do?"

The family is trying to move on, but they have a lot of questions and no answers.

"What happened that we couldn't fix as friends and as a family?"

Redding's mother says it's hard to breathe, think or even sleep. And she wouldn't wish this pain on anyone.

"I would do anything to help the next child so they won't go down the road or go through what my child just went through. I would love to save the kid. I'll bet the first one in line."

Devon Craig and Micah Hopkins both face first degree murder charges. Paul Craig faces thirty years in prison. This isn't the first time the police have looked for Micah Hopkins. In May, police were searching for Hopkins for a drug charge.
Original: 7:11 pm, 7/2/14, Wednesday
CHAMPAIGN -- The family of a man murdered last week opens up about the tragedy. Police arrested one man in connection to the murder.

The family says the police department has everything it needs to make more arrests. Police say Allen Redding was chased and then shot multiple times.

However, the family has a very different account of what happened. They say Redding's friends lured him to the house where he was killed.

He planned on going to Parkland this fall.

"The young men that gunned my nephew down, literally ate at our tables no later than Easter Sunday and the Sunday before he was gunned down by them," said Marlo Britton, Redding's Aunt. "These young men were considered friends of his."

Two detectives and two sergeants are working full-time on this case. They're optimistic it will come to a successful conclusion for the family.

Redding's funeral is scheduled for July 7, but the family is having difficulty paying for it. To help, the family has set up the Allen Redding Memorial Account at the Heartland Bank and Trust Co.

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