Two suspects have been taken into custody in connection with what could be Janesville’s second homicide of 2017, according to an update police released Sunday afternoon.

Police said they began investigating a potential homicide at about 4:44 p.m. Saturday, when officers were dispatched to 426 S. River St. for a 43-year-old woman who had been found dead inside a home, according to an earlier news release.

Police executed a search warrant at the home and collected evidence.

The suspects are a 21-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, the latest news release states. Police said evidence linking them to the Saturday death has been recovered.

Police have said they do not believe the public is in danger.

An autopsy was still ongoing as of Sunday afternoon. Police will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. today to provide additional information, according to the news releases.

Although Chief David Moore declined to give more information about the case prior to today’s press conference, he did say the man is the main suspect, and they are looking at the woman as an accomplice.

Moore said the man knew the victim.

Moore added that his officers have gone door to door in the neighborhood, updating them that the suspects are in custody and that police do not believe the public is at risk.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the releases.

On May 27, police have said Barquis D. McKnight, 33, shot and killed Eddie L. Jones, 28, of Markham, Illinois, behind the house at 116 S. Franklin St.

McKnight’s attorney, Michael Murphy, said in September the evidence more closely shows a struggle for a gun than an intentional shooting, however.

McKnight is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon.

McKnight in a September hearing proclaimed his innocence and insisted on going to trial, but the case was dismissed and charges were filed again.

He is now scheduled for a January jury trial with a final pretrial at 11 a.m. Jan. 18. Murphy had said he was working on a plea agreement with the prosecution.

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