- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) - A Chicago man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of a Galesburg man.

WGIL-Radio in Galesburg reports that 29-year-old Christopher Croom’s public defender entered a not guilty plea on his behalf at an appearance in Knox County Circuit Court Wednesday, and asked for a jury trial.

The charges stem from the death of 49-year-old Melvin Buckner, who allegedly was stabbed during an altercation on Aug. 13 in Galesburg and died four days later at a Peoria hospital.

Croom was arrested August 25 by U.S. Marshals in the Chicago suburb of Lake in the Hills.

He remains in the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock on $1 million bond.

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