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Police search for Bloomington man wanted on murder charges in February shooting

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The McLean County sheriff says the department is searching for a Bloomington man wanted on murder charges in connection with a February shooting death in rural Bloomington.

Desmond Sterling
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Desmond Sterling faces three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the killing of Kiejoun Watts.

Desmond Sterling, 23, was formally charged in April with three counts of first-degree murder. He's accused of killing Kiejoun Watts, 20, also of Bloomington. Watts’ body was found on the property of Victory Church on Feb. 20. According to the indictment, Sterling shot Watts in the head.

At the time, police said officers found Watts while responding to a report of unusual activity at the property.

The McLean County sheriff’s office said Sterling’s whereabouts are unknown, but they believe he's left the area. Sterling is described as a Black male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 185 pounds with a slight/medium build, a thin mustache, short black hair and brown eyes.

The sheriff’s office said anyone who has information about Sterling’s whereabouts should call 911 or the sheriff’s office at (309) 888-5019. They also can submit an anonymous tip through the department’s mobile app.

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