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Police investigate murder

DECATUR -- Police are investigating a murder in the 1200-block of North Union.
Update: 5:20 pm, 8/19/13, Monday
DECATUR -- The State's Attorney expects murder charges to be filed later this week against 28-year old Joshua Jones. He was arrested Friday for shooting 22-year old Marvin Perry.

It happened in the 1200-block of North Union Street. Jones had just been released from prison in May for drug charges.
 (Betty Simpson)
(Betty Simpson)
Original: 7:28 pm, 8/16/13, Friday
DECATUR -- Police are investigating a murder in the 1200-block of North Union. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley has all the details.

Olivia Matthews ran to her boyfriend's side, after he was shot and killed right in front of her. Police say 28-year old Joshua Jones shot 22-year old Marvin Perry III. They have not released many details, but friends and family say the victim was an innocent bystander. Matthews is still a little speechless.

"He was lovable. He wouldn't do anything to anybody. One shot to the chest and he laid down in the driveway."

Matthews says a fight broke out on North Union Street, and Perry was standing nearby. They say Joshua Jones pulled out a gun and pulled the trigger.

"There was people holding his head, somebody holding towels putting pressure on it."

In the daylight, some of Perry's blood is stained on the driveway, where just hours ago Matthews says she held him. Talking to him, hoping he'd wake up.

"He was the love of my life. I don't understand why this happened."

Matthews has a 1-year old daughter with Perry. She doesn't know how she will explain to her what happened, but says when she closes her eyes, there's an image of him she will never forget.

"His smile, his face, his voice."

If there's one thing that helped her get out of bed this morning, it is the fact police made an arrest. Now she hopes Perry can rest in peace.

"I'm proud of the Decatur Police Department. I've never said that before, but I am."

Jones faces first-degree murder charges. Even though police made an arrest, they're still investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

Decatur & Macon County Crime Stoppers
(217) 423 - TIPS
https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=180
Text: DPD333 + info to CRIMES (274637)
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