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Peoria man acquitted of charges in 2020 murder

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A Peoria man was acquitted Thursday of the 2020 murder of Terence Dunigan, Jr.

Chief judge Kate Gorman issued the not guilty verdict for 19-year old Keon Patterson about a month after his bench trial.

The shooting that killed Dunigan stemmed from a robbery following a dice game. Patterson was 16 when he and two others were charged with Dunigan's shooting death.

Mikeal Reed, 20, was convicted of the murder last December and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. A third suspect, 22-year-old Tayla Zolicoffer, is set to make a plea on Jan. 11.

Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.