Teen, 14, arraigned on murder charges for shooting death of another teen

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PEORIA, Ill. — The 14-year-old Peoria teenager indicted for the fatal shooting of another teenager appeared at an arraignment hearing Thursday, where he was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Zaveon R. Marks, of the 700 block of E. Arcadia Ave., received one count of first degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing 16-year-old Zarious M. Fair on June 12. He could receive 20-60 years in prison, plus 15 years for possession of a handgun.

Additionally, Marks received one count of first degree murder and armed robbery, which could see him serve an additional 20-60 years, plus 15 for possession of a handgun.

The one count of unlawful possession of a firearm adds one-three years, but it could potentially go up to six.

Marks was appointed a public defendant. He is due back in court at 9 a.m. Oct. 10, and Judicial Officer Katherine Gorman set his jury trial to begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 21.

A Peoria County judge previously found it was more appropriate to move the incident to an adult court and Marks was charged as an adult on Tuesday.

Doyle M. Nelson, 18, was also allegedly involved with the shooting. He was charged with two counts of first degree murder. The Peoria Police Department is investigating Fair’s death as an armed robbery. Nelson admitted he was at the scene of the shooting in the 700 block of East Frye Ave., but denied taking part in the shooting or robbery. 

The 14-year-old will still be held at the county juvenile detention center.

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