A convicted felon has been arrested and charged with the murder of a 42-year-old man who was shot multiple times while sitting in a car in Waukegan earlier this month.
Jamonte J. Davis, 24, of Zion, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, court records show.
Davis appeared in bond court Wednesday morning and Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered him held on a $5 million bond, which was the amount originally set on a warrant.
The warrant was issued for Davis on October 8.
The homicide occurred just after 12 a.m. on October 3 after police responded to a call of shots fired in the 1300 block of Chestnut Street in Waukegan.
Officers arrived and located a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home that had been shot numerous times, according to Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Joe Florip.
Officers also discovered that a victim was inside the vehicle.
The victim, identified as Sergio Berrios, 42, of Beach Park, appeared to be the driver of the vehicle.
The Waukegan Fire Department was called to the scene. Berrios had been shot numerous times and pronounced dead at the scene, Florip said.
Over 20 shell casings were spotted on the street in front of the residence.
The Waukegan Police Department Criminal Investigations Division was called to investigate.
Florip said at the time that the motive for the shooting was unknown but it was not believed to be a random act.
Davis was taken into custody on Tuesday on the warrant. It is unknown if police are seeking any additional suspects.
During Davis’ bond hearing, he told the judge that he would be representing himself in the case.
Court records show Davis also had active warrants for a gun case in Zion and a forgery case from earlier this year.
State records show Davis was on parole at the time of the murder for a gun case where he was sent to prison and released in August 2020.
Davis remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $500,000 cash in order to be released.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 17.