Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser has charged 23-year-old Ladarius A. Parker with the offenses of:
First-degree murder, two counts
- Aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony
- Unlawful use or possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 3 felony
Kane County prosecutors allege that early May 2, 2021, Parker was attending a party at a residence in the 1700 block of Stonegate Drive, Montgomery, when he shot and killed 30-year-old Christopher B. McMorris of Aurora as McMorris sat in a vehicle parked in the 1700 block of Stonegate Drive.
The U.S. Marshal Service on Jan. 7, 2021, served an arrest warrant and took Parker into custody in Freeport, IL.
Parker appeared Jan. 8, 2022, in Kane County bond court. Kane County Judge Susan Clancy Boles set Parker’s bail at $3 million, with 10% ($300,000) to apply for bond.
Boles set Parker’s next court appearance for 9 a.m. Jan. 19, 2022, in Courtroom 211 at the Kane County Judicial Center.
The Montgomery Police Department conducted the investigation with assistance from the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, the Kane County SWAT Team, the Kendall County Special Response Team, and the Aurora, Oswego, Yorkville and Freeport police departments.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information should call Montgomery police Det. Chris Johnson at 331-212-9074.
The charges against Parker are not proof of guilt. Parker is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news release