Mulberry Grove Man Charged In Centralia Shooting Death

(SALEM, IL) — A 28-year-old Mulberry Grove man charged with a 2015 Christmas morning shooting death in the parking lot of a Centralia bar has scheduled a possible plea agreement in Marion County court next month. Demetrice Lockett appeared in court Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing in the first-degree murder case charging him with shooting to death 26-year-old Leroy Roberson of Mt. Vernon. Lockett has been held in the Marion County jail since his Christmas 2015 arrest on two counts First Degree murder, with bail set at $1 million. One count against Lockett alleges his actions were committed with the intent to kill or injure and the other count alleged his actions were committed knowing there was a strong probability his actions would kill or injure. According to Centralia police, Lockett fled from the scene after he allegedly shot Roberson early Christmas morning in the parking lot of Party Liquors Bar on North Elm in Centralia. The case is now scheduled for a January 25 pre-trial conference and possible plea. Any delay the hearing causes for the purpose of the speedy trial statute has been charged to the defendant.