CARBONDALE — A Jackson County grand jury has indicted a 22-year-old Carbondale man on two counts of first-degree murder, and other charges, in connection with the fatal shooting of another man in March.

The eight-count indictment charged Jarrell J. Pullen, 22, with two counts of first-degree murder, five counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, Jackson County State's Attorney Michael C. Carr announced today. 

Investigators alleged that on March 9, around 5:30 p.m., Pullen shot JaVon Trott, 19, in the 400 block of East Willow Street.  That site is across the street from the Eurma C. Hayes Center, where youth are known to meet for various programs.

It was Carbondale's first shooting fatality of the year.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Pullen faces a sentence ranging from 20 to 60 years of imprisonment with a possibility of an extended term of 25 years to life if a gun was discharged that proximately caused the death of another, according to the news release from Carr's office. Probation is not a possibility. 

If convicted of aggravated discharge of a firearm, each charge carries a punishment of three to 14 years in prison, according to the State's Attorney's Office. The charge of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon carries a penalty of not less than three to 14 years in prison.

Pullen is scheduled to be arraigned in Jackson County Court on Thursday.

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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