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Suspect accused of killing 12-year-old Quincy boy pleads not guilty

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Steson Crider

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) – An Arizona man accused of shooting a 12-year-old boy in the head in western Illinois has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Twenty-year-old Steson L. Crider of Chandler, Arizona, entered the plea during his arraignment Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that a tentative trial date was set for Sept. 14.

Crider is accused of shooting Ray Humphrey Jr. outside a home in Quincy in March. The seventh-grader died from a single gunshot to the head.

Crider is being held on $5 million bond.

If found guilty, he faces up to 85 years in prison.

Crider’s father, stepmother and half-brother have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice.
Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig,