Rockford shooting suspect indicted on murder charges

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Rockford shooting suspect was indicted on murder charges Wednesday afternoon.

Jamie Pearson, 28, is accused of fatally shooting Demonte Williams, 30, last month while driving near downtown Rockford.

The shooting happened on Sept. 17 near the intersection East State and Sixth streets. Rockford police say Pearson was driving a car when he allegedly fired rounds at the victims’ car on Sixth Street.

When officers arrived, they found a blue car with Williams and a woman inside, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Williams was taken to the hospital, then later pronounced dead. The woman was also treated for injuries at a hospital.

Pearson's charges include first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and unlawful use of weapons by a felon.

If convicted, Pearson faces up to 60 years in prison with a possible extended term sentence of natural life.

Pearson has an arraignment hearing set for Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.