Tuesday, February 5 2013, 11:12 PM CST
Urbana Murder Connections
URBANA-- Prosecutors say Curtis Mosley was scheduled to testify in court Tuesday morning against the man who allegedly shot him last summer. But after he was shot and killed Monday night, police and the State's Attorney's office are trying to determine the best way to proceed without their start witness.
Julia Rietz, Champaign County State's Attorney, says, "Obviously his untimely demise has caused a delay in the trial of course, and many other issues as we go forward." Ardis Fenn allegedly shot Mosley in the leg last June at an auto detailing shop in Urbana.
Fenn was out on bond and awaiting trial this week. Now a warrant has been issued for his arrest with bond set at $10 million dollars. Rietz says, "That is a warrant based on his failure to appear as ordered in the impending shooting case. There has not been a warrant or charges filed formally at this time in regards to last night's homicide."
Police will not confirm that Fenn is a suspect in this shooting, only that they are looking for a black male who was last seen wearing a tan Carhart jacket. This homicide is the first in the city of Urbana in nearly two years, but some residents don't see it as a concern.
Andrew Hatcher of Urbana, says, "I'd say if you go into certain areas of Urbana and Champaign at night you're going to be in danger no matter what. Even on campus sometimes people get attacked and things so it's going to happen sometimes but I'm not worried about it."
Now that Mosley has died, authorities will hold a special hearing Wednesday to determine if statements he made to authorities last year against Fenn can be admissible in court. Says Rietz, "If there's evidence to show that the defendant was somehow involved in creating a situation like this, then we can use the deceased's statements in the case as evidence."
Adam Rife reporting