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Man charged in February killing in rural Bloomington is arrested in Chicago

Kiejoun Watts
Talaina Matthews
Kiejoun Watts, 20, of Bloomington, was found dead Feb. 20 on a church property in rural Bloomington, authorities said.

McLean County sheriff's police say a man who eluded police for two months after being charged with murder is now in custody.

The sheriff's office said in a news release the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force and Chicago police arrested Desmond Sterling, 23, of Bloomington, without incident on Wednesday.

Desmond was arrested on a warrant for the murder of Kiejoun Watts, 20, of Bloomington. Watts’ body was found on the property of Victory Church in rural Bloomington on Feb. 20. Sterling shot Watts in the head, according to the indictment.

He was formally charged with three counts of first-degree murder in April. The sheriff's office announced in late May it was looking for Sterling.

Sterling was brought to the McLean County jail on Friday. His bond was set at $2 million.

The sheriff’s office said anyone with information about the case is asked to call detective Bryan Hanner at (309) 888-5063.

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