Accused of double shooting in Centralia, Chicago man returned to Marion County

MARION COUNTY — Extradition has been completed for a 22-year-old Chicago man accused of a double shooting earlier this month at a Centralia park.

Darius Holliday (Source:
Darius Holliday

Darius Holliday was returned to Marion County Friday and appeared in court Monday. He was arrested in Cook County just days after a June 5th shooting at Laura Leake Park in Centralia that saw two men airlifted to St. Louis area hospitals for their injuries.

Holliday was arrested on an oustanding Marion County warrant charging him with two counts Class X felony aggravated battery with a weapon. Bail on the warrant was set at and remains set at $300,000.

Holliday is accused of shooting 19-year-old Devale Johnson, of Georgia and 52-year-old Juan Hayes, of Chicago.

Centralia Police Chief Doug Krutsinger says they believe Johnson was the target of the shooting, and Hayes was a bystander who was hit as he ran from the gunfire.

Both men were reportedly shot in the legs and were ultimately airlifted to St. Louis area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

According to police, surveillance video from the Marion County Housing Authority, along with Facebook posts and witness statements that helped police identify Holliday as the suspected shooter

Johnson reportedly claimed to have no prior knowledge of Holliday, who he said, shot him after he questioned him about following a girl riding her bike.

Holliday was then identified in a police line-up. He has served time in prison for firearms offenses out of Vermillion County, was already known to Centralia police, who say he divides his time between Centralia, Chicago and Danville, where he is reportedly a member of the violent “Rude Boys” street gang.

He was appointed a public defender to represent him and is next scheduled in Marion County Court July 7, for a preliminary hearing.