Teen accused of fatally shooting 16-year-old in June now being charged as adult

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PEORIA, Ill. — The 14-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting a 16-year-old back in June has officially been charged as an adult.

Zaveon R. Marks, of the 700 block of E. Arcadia Ave. was indicted Tuesday. Marks was charged with two counts of first degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The PJ Star reports Peoria County judge Frank Ierulli found it was more appropriate to move the incident to an adult court. If the case were to be kept in juvenile court, Marks could have been held up until he turned 21.

The 16-year-old victim, identified as Zarious M. Fair, was shot and killed on June 12 during an attempted robbery. He was shot three times in the 700 block of E. Frye Ave. 

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. 

Marks’ case will now continue as if he was legally an adult. His bond, like Nelson’s, is set at $2 million.

The 14-year-old will still be held at the county juvenile detention center, but will appear in felony court.

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