ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A Winnebago County judge has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a 22-year-old man accused in the shooting deaths of four Rockford people earlier this month.
Calvin L. Carter is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 20 killings of 24-year-old Martia Flint, her boyfriend 24-year-old Demontae Rhodes and her two sons, 6-year-old Tyrone Smith III and 4-year-old Tobias K. Smith. They were found in a Rockford apartment.
The Rockford Register Star reports Judge Francis Martinez on Wednesday entered a plea of not guilty on behalf Carter. Martinez later appointed Winnebago County Assistant Public Defender Edward Light to represent the man.
Martinez denied bond for Carter, whose next court appearance is set for Jan. 29.
Authorities say Carter previously had a relationship with Flint and turned himself in to authorities on Saturday for a retail theft charge in St. Clair County.