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Suspect in University of Illinois shooting turns himself in

Robbie M. Patton is expected to be charged with first-degree murder in the Sunday death of 22-year-old George Korchev on Green Street.

Published: 30th September 2016 11:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th September 2016 11:51 AM   |  A+A-

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Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb gestures toward an image of Robbie Patton during a news conference at the Champaign Police Department. | AP

By Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois: The suspect in a deadly weekend shooting at a party near the University of Illinois campus has turned himself in at the county jail.

Champaign police say in a statement that 18-year-old Robbie M. Patton is in custody. He is expected to be charged with first-degree murder in the Sunday death of 22-year-old George Korchev on Green Street, an area near campus known for bars and restaurants. Three other people were injured.

Police say the shooting followed a disagreement at an apartment party. One woman spilled a drink on another, leading to several altercations. The shooting happened a short time later.

None of the four victims were involved in the fight. Korchev, from the Chicago suburb of Mundelein, had completed nursing school, though not at the University of Illinois.

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