Second arrest made in New Years Eve homicide case in Normal

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Another arrest has been made in relation to a homicide that occurred on New Year’s Eve in Normal.

The Normal Police Department and the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force arrested 19-year-old Dewon I.C. Griffin, on first-degree murder charges. He is accused of being involved with the killing 17-year-old Tariq L. Houston.

The NPD located Houston lying in a parking lot, with a gunshot wound to his abdomen in the 1700 block of Putnam at a social gathering. Houston was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Griffin was taken into custody at the residence in the 400 block W. Chestnut.

Last week, 18-year-old Bloomington man Garrett Riley Ahlfield was arrested “for acts related to” 17-year-old Tariq L. Houston’s death on Tuesday, but not for the actual homicide.

Video evidence from the scene, along with other physical evidence, developed sufficient probable cause to show that a short time after Houston was shot, a second individual, later identified as Ahlfield, walked up to a group surrounding the victim. Ahlfield reportedly pulled a handgun out and shot five rounds into the air, then fled the area on foot.

He was charged with one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon/person delinquent minor, one count of possession of a firearm without a FOID, five counts of reckless discharge of a firearm, and two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Both Griffin and Ahlfield are being held in the McLean County Jail.

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