Champaign Police Make Arrests in Bailey-Cox Murder Investigation

Media Contact:  Lt. Dave Shaffer | 217-403-7030 | [email protected]

On June 12, 2016 at approximately 8:07 PM, Champaign Police responded to the area of McKinley St. & Francis Dr, after receiving a report of an injured woman lying on a sidewalk, along with simultaneous reports of gunshots being heard. Upon arrival, officers located 30-year-old Erica Bailey-Cox, who had sustained a gunshot wound to the neck. Ms. Bailey-Cox would later succumb to her injury, and was pronounced deceased on June 15, 2016.

Champaign Police Detectives have continued to investigate this incident, interviewing numerous individuals and processed various information and evidence. As a result, Detectives developed information leading to the identities of several suspects that are believed to be involved in this incident.

On July 6, 2016, arrest warrants were issued for Shamario D. Brown, an 18-year-old male from Champaign, IL, and Takario D. Greene, an 18 year-old-male from Macon, GA. for the offenses of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. Bond on each of the warrants was set at $1,000,000.

On Thursday, July 7, 2016, the United States Marshals Service arrested Shamario Brown without incident at a residence in St. Louis, MO.

On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, the United States Marshals Service arrested Takario Greene without incident at a residence in Conyers, GA.

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, a third arrest warrant was issued for Oshae O. Cotton, a 19 year-old-male from Champaign, IL for the offense of First Degree Murder. Bond on the warrant was set at $1,000,000.  The United States Marshals Service and Champaign Police Detectives arrested Cotton at a residence in Macon, GA on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

The Champaign Police Department would like to thank the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshals Service for their assistance during this investigation.

This investigation continues to be ongoing.  Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Champaign Police Department Investigations Division at 217-351-4545.

Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives the information, completes a tips information form, and passes the tip 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 this crime.