Police & Courts

Quincy man charged with three counts of murder

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 4, 2019 3:10 pm Updated: Dec. 4, 2019 11:59 pm

QUINCY, Ill. — Christopher T. Huckstep, 51, of Quincy, is being charged with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death early Wednesday of Emond Morris, 26, in the 700 block of Cedar.

Quincy Police released the names of the victim and the suspect in a press release at Wednesday afternoon.

Police said they wanted the public to be aware that “this was not a random crime.” The victim and the suspect knew each other, so there is no reason for the public to be concerned about any potential danger.

Adams County State's Attorney Gary Farha told The Herald-Whig that Morris death “involved a domestic dispute.”

Police were called to the scene of the shooting at 3:36 a.m. Wednesday. Upon their arrival, officers found Morris dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Police said they found Huckstep a short time later in the 1200 block of N. 12th Street. A firearm was recovered at the time of Huckstep's arrest.

Huckstep was arrested and taken to the Adams County Jail.

Huckstep's bond was to be set Wednesday afternoon, and he will make his first court appearance Thursday.

This is the third homicide reported in the city of Quincy this year.

Dennis Green, 53, was shot to death Jan. 6 on the front door of his Quincy home in the 800 block of South 13th. No arrest has been made in connection with Green's death.

Eighteen-year-old Darrell Kelley Jr. was killed Sept. 26 after he was shot three times in the 600 block of Sycamore. Roger Parker Jr., 16, reportedly shot Kelley after the two reportedly had a fight. Parker faces three count of first-degree murder, and he was charged as an adult.

Staff Writer Matt Hopf contributed to this report.

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