Wright Announces Murder Charges; Encourages Public to Assist Police

Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright announced Demaro Brownlee, of Springfield, has been charged with three counts of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, and two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon.


The charges stem from a shooting incident in the 1000 block of East Laurel in Springfield, which resulted in the death of Jayvon Watson, 25, of Springfield. If convicted of First Degree Murder, Brownlee faces a sentencing range of 45 years to natural life in prison.


The investigation was conducted by the Springfield Police Department and was presented to the Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office for potential criminal charges and issuance of a warrant for Brownlee's arrest on May 26th. Brownlee was arrested by the United States Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force in East St. Louis on the evening of May 31st.


Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright said, “The thorough and professional investigation by the Springfield Police Department and swift apprehension of the defendant by the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force more than 80 miles away from Springfield is a strong testament to the caliber of law enforcement serving the People of Springfield each and every day.”


Wright also called upon members of the Springfield community to come together in the fight against gun violence stating, “Senseless acts of gun violence, often related to trivial disputes or perceived disrespect, are all too common in our community. The professional law enforcement officers and prosecutors committed to hold accountable those responsible for gun crimes need the help of our fellow citizens to solve cases and save lives. The old saying, “If you see something, say something, has never been more relevant and impactful to the fight against gun violence."


Brownlee remains in the custody of the Sangamon County Jail on a $2 million bond.


Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 217.788.8311 and/or Sangamon Menard County Crime Stoppers at 217.788.8427.