Suspects Arrested in Robbin Underwood Homicide Case; Family Reacts

Published 07/02 2014 07:59PM

Updated 07/03 2014 08:06PM

PEORIA - Eight years after her mother was killed, a Peoria woman and her family may finally have some closure.

“Lot’s of emotions. Um, happy. Sad.”

That’s how Renee Turner and her wife, Jaymie McFarland, felt when they learned three people were arrested Tuesday for the murder of McFarland’s mother Robbin Underwood. She was killed when she was 48-years-old on March 15th, 2006.

They suspected something when a detective came to their door two weeks ago. He said he had some big news to share.

“You could have heard a feather hit the floor. It was just silence.”

He told them they Police Department was looking into the cold case of Underwood.

“We were just totally blown away that day.”

Underwood was with her niece when they were shot that night in March. Her niece survived.

Unfortunately Underwood did not. Since then her family has been hoping police would find who fired those shots and make arrests.

“It was a cold case. The lack of evidence in the beginning eight years ago. Now that probably some things have happened.”

Now the family wants justice

“ We're hoping for a trial and conviction.”

And hope this is a lesson for troubled youth in Peoria.

“The younger generation growing up around Peoria are thinking about being in a gang or anything like that will see these guys in their 30's and possibly looking at a long prison turn.

Thirty four-year-old Allen Fitzpatrick, 34-year-old Anthony King and 31-year-old Michael Johnson were the three men arrested.

Johnson and Fitzpatrick will appear in court tomorrow.

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