UPDATE: South Jacksonville Police on scene of apparent homicide

By Benjamin Cox on June 13, 2018 at 9:03pm


The South Jacksonville Police Department is currently investigating an apparent homicide on South East Street in South Jacksonville. They are being assisted by other law enforcement officials, including members of the Jacksonville and Murrayville Police Departments, in this investigation. South Jacksonville Police Chief Tim Mann offered this quote at 8:34 p.m.

“We’re in the 1700 block of South East Street. We have a deceased person and a suspect in custody. This investigation is brand new, therefore no further information can be provided at this time.”

The suspect in custody, according to booking reports from the Morgan County Detention Facility, is 24-year old Glenn Van Avery, of the 1300 block of South Diamond, who was booked at the county jail at around 1:30 a.m. for attempted murder and aggravated battery.

According to authorities, shortly after 6:30 p.m. yesterday, South Jacksonville Police Officers responded to a disturbance call in the 17-hundred block of South East Street. As they arrived, officers located a male subject outside of the residence. While checking the interior of the residence, officers located a deceased female. As more officers arrived on scene, an injured male was also located several houses away laying in a driveway.

South Jacksonville Police Homicide Investigators, along with Jacksonville Police Department Detectives and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services, collected evidence and conducted interviews throughout the night and into the early morning hours. At approximately 1:30 a.m., officers placed Van Avery under arrest for alleged aggravated assault and attempted murder. Additional charges are expected in the near future once an autopsy has been performed. The incident remains under investigation at this time.