SYCAMORE – Prosecutors decided to charge only one man with first-degree murder after a fatal shooting in DeKalb, in which two people were arrested.
Christopher J. Gerken, 25, of the 700 block of South Main Street, Sycamore, remains charged with first-degree murder after police say he shot and killed Matthew J. Clark, 23, who was originally from Bloomingdale but had been staying at a house at 817 Pleasant St. in DeKalb.
Gerken’s bond is set at $2 million.
Gerken was arrested Wednesday morning after leading police on a chase that began on Peace Road in DeKalb and ended at routes 38 and 47 in Elburn. He must post $200,000 to be released. If he is found guilty, he could face 45 to 85 years in prison or a life sentence.
Meanwhile, prosecutors decided not to press first-degree murder charges against Trevor D. Motsinger, 25, of the 100 block of Home Drive in DeKalb, Assistant State’s Attorney Duke Harris said.
“Based on what was submitted to our office, I did not believe there was probably cause to file the first-degree murder charges at this point,” Harris said.
Motsinger cooperated with authorities after his arrest and during subsequent questioning, Harris said.
Motsinger had about a quarter-ounce of cocaine on him when he was arrested, court records show. He is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, which is punishable by one to three years in prison. His bond has been set at $5,000 and he must post $500 bail to be released.'
His next court date is set for Oct. 15.
During a police interview, Motsinger told officers he was approached at a local bar by a man he identified as “Suurge,” who took out a gun and forced Motsinger to arrange a drug deal with Clark, court records show.
Motsinger later admitted to police, however, that he had been contacted by Gerken, whom he had known for years, to arrange a drug deal with Clark. Motsinger set up the drug deal, and accompanied Gerken to Clark’s house, knowing Gerken’s intention was to rob Clark. Motsinger told police that Gerken was angry that Clark had shorted him in a cocaine deal two weeks earlier, court records show.
Motsinger arranged the deal via text message and went to the house with Gerken, who acted as though he was going to buy drugs, but fatally shot Clark after the two began to “scuffle,” court records show.
After being shot in the chest, Clark handed Motsinger 6.87 grams of cocaine, which Motsinger then tried to hide, court records show.
Clark was transported to Kishwaukee Community Hospital, where he later died.
Gerken has previously been convicted of a 2011 aggravated unlawful use of weapon and 2009 concealing a homicidal death charges, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison for each conviction.
Gerken was appointed DeKalb County Public Defender Tom McCulloch to represent him. He and Motsinger remained at the DeKalb County Jail Thursday.
Gerken is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 27. Prosecutors decided to charge only one man with first-degree murder after a fatal shooting in DeKalb, in which two people were arrested.