$1.5M bond for man charged with fatal shooting of Dan Rance last summer in Austin

Chicago Sun-Times

Marquis Willis | Chicago Police

Marquis Willis | Chicago Police

An Austin man on parole for a weapons case has been charged with the murder of Dan Rance, whom he allegedly shot 18 times last summer.

Marquise Willis killed the 23-year-old Rance on the same block where Rance lived on Sept. 2, 2015, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.

Rance was standing near his parked car outside his home in the 700 block of North Long when Willis and another person parked their SUV down the street at Long and Huron, Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Whang said.

A witness had seen the same SUV earlier that evening, Whang said.

A shirtless Willis, who was in the front passenger seat, got out of the SUV and walked in the direction of Rance, Whang said.

Dan Rance

Dan Rance

While Rance had his back turned, Willis, who had a red shirt wrapped around his head, fired several times at Rance. After he fell to the ground, several witnesses saw Willis come closer before shooting Rance several more times, Whang said.

Willis fled with his co-defendant, who had been standing by their parked vehicle, Whang said.

Willis, now 19, lives in the 4900 block of West Hirsch, according to his police report.

Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered him held on $1.5 a million bond.

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