Champaign Police Announce Arrest of Murder Suspect

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at approximately 1:33 PM, the Champaign Police Department arrested Robert E. Williams for the offenses of Murder and for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver.

Robert Williams, a 28-year old male from Champaign, was arrested in connection with the October 25, 2014 murder of Jermel Hedrick.  Williams was arraigned and formally charged in Champaign County Court on Thursday, March 12 for both the Hedrick murder and for possession with the intent to deliver.

Champaign Police detectives worked over 500 investigative hours to bring this case to an arrest.  Although an arrest has been made, this investigation remains active. Anyone with information related to either of these crimes are being asked to contact the Champaign Police Department by calling217-351-4545.

Champaign Police reminds citizens that information may also be anonymously submitted to Crime Stoppers.  Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency.  Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.  Anonymous tips can be shared by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at; or by texting “CCTIP” plus the crime information to 274637 (CRIMES). Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for these crimes.