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Peoria teen charged with murder in death of 15-year-old Merian Smith


An 18-year-old Peoria man was booked Monday evening into the Peoria County Jail on first-degree murder charges.

Erick Jackson's arrest is related to last week's shooting death of 15-year-old Merian Smith.

Smith died two days after he was shot in the 500 block of West Gift. Another youth suffered non life-threatening injuries in that incident.

ShotSpotter reports a total of 21 rounds were fired.

Jackson also is charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle and domestic battery. He's currently being held in the Peoria County Jail.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.