Rockford man charged for December 2018 murder pleads not guilty
Updated: Feb. 21, 2019, 3:30 p.m.
A Rockford man pleaded not guilty to charges tied to the murder of Jamie Stephens in December 2018.
Nickles T. Parks, 26, faces charges of first degree murder, armed robbery and concealing a homicidal death. Parks was arrested on Jan. 23.
Police say Stephens was
on the side of a road on Dec. 10 in rural Winnebago County. He died from several gunshot wounds.
Parks is being held in Winnebago County Jail on a $2 million bond. His next court date is set for March 6.
Updated Jan. 24, 2019, 9 a.m.
UPDATE: The Winnebago County Sheriff's office announces charges against 26-year-old Nickles Parks are for the death of Jamie Stephens.
Stephens, 31, of Rockford was found dead on the side of a road Dec. 10 in rural Winnebago County.
Parks is charged with first degree murder, armed robbery and concealing a homicidal death.
A spokesperson for the State's Attorney's office says Parks has not yet been indicted on the allegations in the criminal complaint.
Parks is being held in the Winnebago County Jail on a $2 million bond.
Twenty-six year old Nickles Parks is in the Winnebago County Jail on charges of murder. Jamie Stephens mom, Robin Long, tells 23 News that Parks' arrest is for the murder of her son.
Stephens body was found on the side of the road on December 10 near Edwards Apple Orchard in rural Winnebago.
Parks murder charges stem from an incident on December 7, 2018, according to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department's inmate inquiry. That was the last day that Stephens had contact with friends and family. The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department did not confirm that Parks is wanted for Stephens' murder. Jamie's mother Robin said that investigators told her that more information would be released Thursday.
The Winnebago County State's Attorney's office has scheduled a news conference Thursday, but it is unclear if that news conference pertains to Parks arrest.