5 charged in 3 Rockford murder investigations

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Five people face charges in three murder investigations across Rockford.

Terrick Mackey, 29, was arrested in the January 2015 deaths of Tarina Mitchell and Benito Martinez. Mackey will face charges of first degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, armed habitual criminal, mob action and a felon in possession of a firearm.

Mitchell, 22, and Martinez, 28, were shot and killed when gunfire broke out during a birthday party in the 700 block of Oakley Avenue. Two other people were shot, but survived.

Deontay Gunnell, 22; Donnie Williams, 21; and Lonnie Williams, 21, were charged with first degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and mob action in the Dec. 4, 2015, homicide of Rachel Garrett in the Fairgrounds Valley housing complex. Gunnell and Donnie Williams also face a charge of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Garrett was shot when a stray bullet from an exchange of gunfire went through her apartment in the 800 block of Tanner Court. Four children, all under the age of 10, were inside the apartment at the time, but were not hurt.

Anthony Jenkins, 16, was charged with first degree murder in the May 24 death of 12-year-old Donavan Ruland.

Ruland died while riding his ATV in an alley near his home on Fourth Street. He was approached by someone who tried to steal the ATV and shot him.

Jenkins was arrested in July and is now charged as an adult.

All of the charges were announced by Winnebago County States Attorney Joe Bruscato in a news conference Thursday afternoon.