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Dice game losses reportedly at root of latest Peoria homicide

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Peoria County prosecutors say a dice game gone awry is at the root of a homicide late last week.

Ronnie Simmons, 21, is charged with first-degree murder for the Thursday shooting death of Demetrious Davis, 25; and the injury of a 26-year-old man.

The shooting happened in the 1300 block of NE Madison. Prosecutors say Simmons was shooting dice and losing. He reportedly left and returned multiple times to get more money.

The last time, Simmons attempted to rob the victims, prosecutors said. Davis was shot, and the other man was reportedly shot when he tried to take the gun away.

Simmons is being held in the Peoria County Jail on $1.5 million bond. He also faces charges of aggravated battery and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

He's due in court again on Aug. 3.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.