- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man who drove another man to the scene of a fatal gang-related shooting was not guilty of murder, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Collin Scheffler, 20, of Prospect Heights, neither aided nor abetted the May 2013 killing of 23-year-old Rafael Orzco of Wheeling last year, Cook County Judge Thomas Fercotta ruled.

Scheffler was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated discharged of a firearm in the shooting after prosecutors said he drove the shooter, 20-year-old Jesus E. Sanchez, to an apartment complex in Wheeling.

Prosecutors said Sanchez shot at a rival gang member but instead hit Orozco as he walked his dog. They also said that Scheffler knew Sanchez was angry at the intended victim and willingly drove him to the apartments.

Scheffler’s attorney said police pressured his client into implicating himself during 11 hours of questioning over two days, and that Scheffler’s version of events did not fit the facts of the case, the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1qClem2 ).



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