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Willie Minor

Willie Minor, left, accused of fatally shooting Jon Keener on Feb. 6 in East Moline, attends a preliminary hearing last month in Rock Island County Circuit Court, Rock Island.

Willie Frank Minor, 29, who is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 6 shooting death of Jon Keener in downtown East Moline, made a brief  appearance Tuesday in Rock Island County Circuit Court. 

Minor was to have a preliminary hearing, but that hearing was continued until 11 a.m. March 6, according to staff at Rock Island County Jail, where Minor is being held on $5 million bond.

Minor's defense attorney is Andrew M. Larson, according to court records.

Keener, 52, was living in Muscatine but is formerly of Cordova, Illinois, police said. 

About 11:20 a.m. Feb. 6, East Moline police responded to reports of a shooting near the intersection of 3rd Street and 15th Avenue. They discovered Keener lying on the south side of the roadway edge with a gunshot wound to the head, according to an earlier news release.

Keener was transported to Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, where he was pronounced dead. 

According to the release, eyewitnesses told police that someone fled the scene after the shooting and went into a home south of 15th Avenue at Kennedy Drive.

The Crisis Containment Unit arrived at the home and negotiated with occupants to leave the residence.

The incident ended peacefully at 4:08 p.m., according to the release. Minor was among several people from the residence who were detained while the investigation continued overnight. During the investigation, police recovered a firearm, according to the release.

According to the news release, Minor knew people at the residence where he was found, but Keener is not believed to have connections to the residence or the neighborhood. The other people from the home were released.

The Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office and East Moline police investigated the shooting. Assisting police were members of the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit and the Rock Island County Coroner.

Moline and Silvis police, along with the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department, also were at the scene to help secure the area.

This is the third reported homicide in the Quad-Cities in 2018, and the second one in East Moline in recent months.


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