A man was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting in Joliet and he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him on Friday.
A grand jury returned a bill of indictment against Mario Noble, 36, of Bolingbrook on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon in the Sept. 3 shooting of Jermane Pettigrew, 42.
Noble was initially arrested on an attempted-murder charge, but it was upgraded to murder after Pettigrew’s death.
At Friday’s court hearing, Noble entered a plea of not guilty to the charges and his attorney, Todd Lenzie, asked for a new court date so Noble could be formally arraigned in person.
Noble has been under quarantine at the Will County jail and he told Judge Dave Carlson he’s been incarcerated for two weeks.
Noble’s arraignment was continued to Oct. 14.
About 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, officers responded to the 300 block of Pine Street in response to a report of a man who had been shot, police said. Officers found Pettigrew, who had been shot in the chest and arm, in front of a residence.
Officers were able to determine that Pettigrew had gotten into an argument with another person, police said.
"At one point, both subjects started to physically fight each other. The other subject then pulled out a gun and shot the victim," police said.
Pettigrew was conscious and breathing, police said. He was transported to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Pettigrew was pronounced deceased at 1:51 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Joliet hospital, according to the Will County Coroner's Office.
Noble was arrested in Rockford and returned to Joliet with the assistance of the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, police said.
In a statement, Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner said his heart goes out to the family and friends of Pettigrew "after his passing due to such a tragic and senseless act of violence."
"Hopefully this arrest of the person responsible can provide a small sense of closure," Roechner said.