UPDATE: Beloit man sentenced for Janesville murder

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Updated March 7, 2018, 2:53 p.m.

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR): A Beloit man who pleaded guilty in January to a 2017 shooting death in Janesville learns how long he will spend in jail.

A Rock County judge sentenced 33-year-old Barquis McKnight to ten years in prison for homicide by negligent handling of a weapon.

Investigators said McKnight shot and killed 28-year-old Eddie Lee Jones in the 100 block of South Franklin Street.


Updated January 21, 2018, 10:53 p.m.

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) -- A Beloit man charged in Janesville's first murder in three years pleaded guilty to new charges.

Barquis D. McKnight avoided a first-degree intentional homicide charge by pleading guilty to homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon after killing an Illinois man back in May.

The new charges come as part of an agreement with the Rock County District Attorney's Office. McKnight will be sentenced on March 2nd.


Updated: May 29, 2017, 3:09 p.m.

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis. (WIFR) -- The Rock County Medical Examiner's Department has identified the victim as 28-year-old Eddie Lee Jones from Markham.

Preliminary results of the autopsy confirm that Jones' death was the result of the homicidal firearm trauma.

Additional testing is underway.


Updated: May 29, 2017, 3:30 a.m.

Janesville Police say a man is in custody for the murder of a 29-year-old man early Sunday.

Investigators say 32-year-old Barquis D. Odom of Beloit was taken into custody during a traffic stop around 9:15 P.M. Sunday. Odom is being held in the Rock County Jail and is charged with 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending family notification.


Updated May 28, 2017

UPDATE: JANESVILLE, Wis.-- (WIFR) -- Janesville police say they're now investigating the city's first homicide in three years after a 29-year-old man is shot in the face and later dies at a hospital.

Janesville Police Chief David Moore says the victim was a man from Cook County, Ill. Witnesses say they heard an argument break out before hearing several shots fired. Moore says those inside the home are not being cooperative at this time, so he's asking for the public's help.

Investigators say the motive for the shooting is unclear right now, but it could possibly be domestic or drug related as the victim was on probation for delivery of cocaine at the time of the shooting.


Posted May 28, 2017, 11:01 a.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis.-- (WIFR) -- Janesville police are launching a homicide investigation after a man is shot in face early Sunday morning and later dies.

Police say they were called to a home in the 100 block of South Franklin Street around 12:20 a.m. Investigators say they found a man shot in the face. He was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

Officers say right now, no one is in custody. They say they do believe the victim knew the person who shot him.