Man accused in Cedarville bar double-murder pleads not guilty

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CEDARVILLE, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Feb. 7, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

Courtesy: Stephenson County Sheriff's Office

Devin Marcum pled not guilty to all charges in his first court appearance Thursday since a deadly shooting at Cedarville bar

Marcum is accused of shooting three people, two who were killed, at Cedar Inn Bar on Sunday morning. Kyle Tucker, 35 and Shaun Bradbury, 36, were shot and killed, while Michael Steinhauser, survived after he was shot.

Marcum faces several charges, including four counts of first degree murder, one count for attempted murder, one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Marcum appeared at the Stephenson County courtroom with his attorney for the preliminary hearing. He is scheduled to appear in court again on April 4 for a pretrial hearing.

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Updated: Feb. 5, 2019, 12:30 a.m.

The story with reaction from Kyle Tucker's family has been moved here​.

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Updated: Feb. 4, 2019, 10:05 a.m.

The Stephenson County Sheriff's Office names the suspect and victims in the deadly bar fight Sunday in Cedarville.

Devin Marcum, 23, of Freeport is charged for the double shooting and attempted murder.

Kyle Tucker, 35, of Freeport, died on the scene, and Shaun Bradbury, 36, of Freeport, was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Michael Steinhauser, 35, of Freeport, was also shot but survived.

Deputies say a fight sparked around 2 a.m. before the victims were shot.

Officials cannot confirm whether this incident is related to the fatal stabbing Friday in Freeport.

The motive is also under investigation. No other suspects are wanted at this time.

Police say Marcum was out on bond and in possession of a handgun. He is being held on a $600,000 in the Stephenson County Jail.

If convicted, Marcum could spend up to natural life behind bars.

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On a misty, Sunday morning, many awoke to the news of a fatal shooting overnight. News, that shocked Erin Hoskinson, who knew several of the people involved.

"Nobody raises their kids to do things like this or to hurt people. I don't think anyone wanted things to go this way," said Hoskinson.

According to police, a fight sparked the shooting around 2 a.m. Sunday. Two people are dead and another recovering after shots were fired at the Cedar Inn bar in Cedarville, which borders Freeport.

"I don't think weapons should have been involved. I think a lot can be solved by either talking it out or working through other sources to get help," said Hoskinson.

It doesn't take long to find someone in the tight-knit community who knows something about what was behind the argument.

"It's just all over little stuff that just should not have ever been brought up or thought of," said Freeport resident Madeline Wright.

"It doesn't surprise me. It does not. It just surprises me on how young they are and why it happened," said Freeport resident Victoria Duff.

Regardless of what exactly happened here Saturday night, Hoskinson says it's a reminder that, if something seems off, we should speak up or reach out for help.

"Check on your friends, check on your family, even if they seem like they're in a happy relationship, you never know what's going on behind closed doors," said Hoskinson.

Cedar Inn was closed today, but a sign on their door said they will reopen Monday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. 23 News reached out to the bar and grill for comment, but they did not respond.

Some on social media have mentioned that there's a possible connection between the stabbing on Friday night that killed one person and last night's shooting. Police have yet to confirm a connection. They will be holding a press conference Monday at 10 a.m. to share more information.

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Published: Feb. 3, 2019, 10:54 a.m.

A fight and shooting at a Cedarville bar leaves two people dead and another seriously hurt. A suspect is in custody.

Stephenson County Sheriff's deputies were called to the Cedar Inn Bar just before 2 a.m. Sunday.

Three people were shot. One died at the scene, another died at a Rockford hospital and a third went to Freeport Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police say there is no threat to the public. We will have more information as it becomes available.