Man captured, charged with first degree murder after Galesburg stabbing

Christopher Croom photo from Galesburg Police

Christopher Croom photo from Galesburg Police

The man police say stabbed someone in Galesburg has been arrested for first degree murder.

On Monday, August 25, 2014, the suspect, 29-year-old Christopher Croom, was arrested for first degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to a statement from the Executive Secretary of the City of Galesburg.

He was apprehended in Lake in the Hills, Illinois, which is about 12 miles north of Elgin.

Croom was originally wanted for attempted murder and aggravated battery after he reportedly stabbed 49-year-old Melvin Buckner on August 13, 2014, in a front yard of a home in the 500 block of West Brooks Street. On Sunday evening, August 17, Buckner was pronounced dead after being hospitalized for his stab wounds.

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