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Marseille man arrested for murder – Shaw Local

One Marseilles man was killed, another is being held in the La Salle County Jail awaiting murder charges.

Logan M. Petre, 21, is in custody on a charge of first-degree murder, according to the La Salle County Sheriff's Office website.

A report from Marseille police, the arresting agency, was not immediately available and a message left with Police Chief Todd Gordon was not immediately returned. La Salle County Coroner Rich Ploch said a news release is pending.

However, La Salle County Prosecutor Joe Navarro confirmed that Petre was taken into custody early Saturday as part of the investigation into a homicide reported early Saturday.

Navarro declined further comment, citing Illinois Supreme Court rules that prohibit prosecutors from discussing ongoing cases.

Petre was scheduled to appear in La Salle County District Court on Monday for a detention hearing, where prosecutors would publicly release the facts of the case.

Illinois eliminated bail last fall and all suspects, including defendants in murder cases, are expected to be released before trial. However, to date, no suspect charged with first-degree murder in La Salle County has been released from custody while awaiting trial.

Petre's bid to be released before trial is made more difficult by the fact that he still has three open cases pending against him, two of them for violent crimes.

According to La Salle County District Court records, Petre is awaiting trial for a home invasion in June 2023. A month later, and after being granted pretrial release, he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. In November, he was charged with drunken driving.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.