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Rockford Scanner™: Belvidere Man Murdered in 2020, Police Recently Arrest Three People

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CHICAGO – The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 1 East Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) arrested 43-year-old Jerell T. Burnett of Chicago, IL,
44-year-old Antoine D. Lovelace of Elgin, IL,
and 29-year-old Cody J. Matthews of Morengo, IL
on charges of First Degree Murder (Class X Felony),
Aggravated Unlawful Restraint (Class X Felony),
and Concealment of a Homicidal Death (Class 3 Felony).
On June 18, 2020 at approximately 8:00 p.m., ISP troopers responded to the Calumet-Sag Channel in reference to a body located in the water. Agents identified the victim as 35-year-old Carl E. Gordon Jr. of Belvidere, IL.
On September 14, 2023, after a thorough investigation, Burnett, Lovelace, and Matthews were indicted on the charges above out of Will County. Nationwide warrants were issued for each person with $5,000,000 bond each.

On September 19, 2023, all three were taken into custody without incident. Lovelace was housed at the Will County Jail, Burnett and Matthews are awaiting extradition from out of state jurisdictions. No further information will be disseminated.

ISP was assisted by the Blue Island Police Department, Alsip Fire Department, Blue Island Fire Department, Chicago Police Department, Cook County Department of Corrections, Illinois Department of Corrections, Joliet Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Boone County Sheriff’s Police Department, Boone County Department of Corrections, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, Winnebago County Department of Corrections, Franklin, OH Police Department, Indiana State Police, Palatine Police Department, North Central Narcotics Task Force, United States Marshals Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Northampton County Department of Corrections, PA, Statewide Gaming Command, Calumet Park Police Department, Will County Department of Corrections, Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law


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