Peoria Man Charged in November Murder

By WEEK Reporter

January 7, 2011 Updated Jan 7, 2011 at 7:54 PM CDT

Police have formally charged a Peoria man in the murder of Curtis Johnson.

Nearly two months ago he was gunned down while at a Circle K on Knoxville Avenue as his girlfriend and children were inside the car.

Friday afternoon, Antonio Thomas was charged with murder, 2 counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possesion of weapon by felon.

Just days after the murder in early November, police arrested Calvin Brown. Witnesses and surveillance video from the gas station confirmed Brown and Johnson had been fighting before Johnson was shot. But, Brown was never charged with the murder.

Police say their investigation revealed what the surveillance video did not show all of the action.

"Never could see where the shots came from or where they were fired from. The video didn't show us that, it was blocked. After the investigation was underway, we got additional witnesses and other information that pointed towards Antonio Thomas as the actual shooter," said Peoria police officer Doug Burgess.

Thomas is currently being held in the Peoria County Jail on 2-million dollars bond.

The Peoria County State's Attorney's Office says Brown has not been charged with anything as this time, and likely will not be.

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