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Posted on: October 16, 2023

First Degree Murder Charge Filed in Gas Station Shooting

October 15, 2023, Peoria, IL – A Peoria man, Amorta I. Nelson, 25, has been charged this weekend with First Degree Murder for shooting and killing Antonio Hardy, 33, on September 18 while Hardy was getting gas near the intersection of Sheridan and McClure. Hardy was shot multiple times, including a shot to the head. 

 

Peoria Police detectives obtained surveillance video from the night of the murder.  In that video, Hardy is seen at the gas station pumping gas.  While he is doing that, an individual, alleged to be Nelson, gets out of another vehicle, approaches Hardy, and shoots him repeatedly. During an interview with detectives, Nelson admitted to being at the gas station in that other vehicle but denied the shooting.  He remains in custody at the Peoria County Jail and is set for a detention hearing Monday. 

 

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