First-degree murder charges have been filed a second time against Yolanduis L. McDuffie in the 2013 shooting death of tattoo artist Derek J. Jackson.
The charges come nearly eight months after Rock Island County prosecutors dismissed charges against the 22-year-old McDuffie.
State’s Attorney John McGehee said Wednesday that the ongoing investigation by Rock Island police, along with new evidence, led to the new charges.
That evidence, he said, is a handgun police and prosecutors believe was used to kill Jackson. The handgun was recovered earlier this year in a neighboring city.
McGehee declined to say where exactly the gun was located or how McDuffie is linked to it.
Jackson, 24, was shot to death in his home at 1001 16th Ave., Rock Island, on Dec. 18, 2013.
McDuffie initially was charged with first-degree murder in Jackson’s death, but prosecutors dropped the charges on Jan. 6, the day his trial was scheduled to begin.
The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning charges could be refiled at any time. There is no statute of limitation for a murder charge.
Prosecutors filed the new case on Aug. 26.
The first count claims McDuffie “personally discharged a firearm” that caused Jackson’s death. He faces 45 to 85 years in prison on that charge.
The second count claims that Jackson was shot while McDuffie acted with another — Aaron D. Henderson II — in an attempt to commit a robbery. He faces 20 to 60 years in prison on that charge.
Bond in the case has been set at $1.5 million. McDuffie currently is in the Scott County Jail on unrelated drug charges in two separate cases.
Scott County Attorney Mike Walton said he expects the drug charges to be resolved before McDuffie is extradited to Rock Island County.
McDuffie is slated to go to trial Tuesday in one of the drug cases, Walton said.
Henderson, 22, was found guilty of one count of first-degree murder earlier this year in connection with Jackson's death and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
The jury rejected prosecutors’ theory that Henderson pulled the trigger but were convinced that Henderson was an accomplice in Jackson’s death.
During Henderson’s trial in March, Jackson’s girlfriend, Alyson Schippers, testified that she saw Henderson standing over Jackson’s body and rifling through his pockets after he was shot.
She also said Henderson had arranged to come to the house to sell Jackson a gun.
Jackson's blood was found on a dollar bill that was behind a couch in the home of Henderson's girlfriend, according to trial testimony.
Henderson’s 17-year-old cousin testified at trial that the two and McDuffie had gone to the house that day to buy marijuana. While there, McDuffie pulled out a gun and shot Jackson, the cousin testified.
The cousin also said that neither he nor Henderson knew what was going to happen.
McGehee said the charges initially were dismissed against McDuffie because prosecutors wanted to see “how the evidence came in and how the witnesses were going to testify” at Henderson’s trial.
“Now we have reviewed all that information and have made the decision to move forward now,” McGehee said.