Criminal Charges Announced in January 24, 2019 Homicide Investigation

On January 24, 2019, at approximately 4:40 a.m., Champaign Police responded to the 800 Block of Fairoaks Drive following reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered 38-year-old Dehrone Hobbs unresponsive inside a private residence and suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds. Hobbs was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

An investigation at the time suggested an unknown subject, or subjects, forced entry into the residence and fired multiple rounds at the victim before fleeing the scene.

On April 8, 2022, the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Keonte Campbell, 35, of Urbana, with Murder in relation to this incident. Campbell is presently in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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

Although an arrest has been made, the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with additional information is asked to please contact police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements may be made for information to be shared privately. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

Champaign Police reminds citizens that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. 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.

All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.