JANESVILLE

The man accused of committing Janesville’s first murder in three years was bound over for trial Friday in Rock County Court.

Barquis D. McKnight, 32, of 1322 Portland Ave., Beloit, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the May 28 death of Eddie L. Jones, 28, of Markham, Illinois.

McKnight and Jones argued before the shooting, according to witnesses who spoke to police, Janesville police Detective Steven Williams testified at McKnight’s preliminary hearing Friday.

One of the witnesses, a cousin of McKnight, told police he opened the house’s back door and saw saw McKnight shoot Jones behind the house at 116 S. Franklin St., Williams testified.

Williams said under questioning from defense attorney Michael Murphy that one shot had an upward trajectory, through the bicep and into Jones’ chest, while the second shot came at a downward angle into the face.

No gun has been recovered, Williams said.

Williams also acknowledged that it was dark in the backyard where the shooting took place. McKnight has said he did not shoot Jones and that the shots came from the south, near McKinley Street.

An arraignment, where McKnight likely will enter a plea, is set for 3 p.m. Monday.

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