The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 9, 2013

Police arrest man wanted in connection with killing

The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — A man wanted in connection with the Mother’s Day death of a Danville resident last year was arrested late Thursday night.

Twenty-six-year-old Larry D. Carter Jr. of Danville was found shot and killed during the early morning hours of May 13, 2012, in the 500 block of Robinson Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were responding to a report of shots fired when Carter’s body was discovered.

On Thursday, Edward Woodfork, 27, of the 1200 block of East Fairchild Street, was booked at the Public Safety Building jail by Danville police on a warrant charging him with the Carter shooting.

Woodfork was arrested in the 600 block of North Vermilion Street without incident, according to Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason.

According to Thomason, no other suspects are being sought in connection with the shooting incident.

Woodfork was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday on three counts of first-degree murder.

Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Donahue said Friday a motive for the crime was not being immediately released, although detectives and prosecutors have reason to believe Woodfork and Carter knew each other prior to the shooting.

Each murder charge, according to Donahue, carries with it a special penalty because Woodfork is accused of using a firearm in the murder. If convicted of the crimes, Woodfork faces an additional 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

First-degree murder is punishable by up to 60 years in state prison. Under law, Woodfork must serve 100 percent of the sentence, Donahue said.

According to Vermilion County Court records, Woodfork has past felony cases against him. In 2006, he was convicted of robbery and then, in 2007, sentenced to seven years in state prison on a charge of possession of a weapon by a felon. A second charge of aggravated battery with a firearm was dismissed as part of a plea in the 2007 case.

A felony charge of forgery/counterfeit money filed earlier this year is still pending against Woodfork.