Delano L. Foreman, 29, was booked on charges of possessing a stolen firearm.
The arrest was made after police responded to a house fire where they found the remains of 67-year-old Henry A. Murphy. The victim had been shot in the neck.
The crime was reported Oct. 2, 2015.
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A Rockford man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the July shooting death of a 67-year-old on the city's northwest side.
Delano L. Foreman, 29, who was booked Aug. 3 into the Winnebago County Jail on possession of a stolen firearm charge, is being held without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Monday.
On July 18, Winnebago County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 7609 Owen Center Road for a house fire. At that time, the body of a male was found deceased inside the residence. Sheriff’s detectives along with members of the crime scene unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
On July 20, the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy, and the victim was identified as Henry A. Murphy. The autopsy determined Murphy died from a single gunshot wound to the neck. Sheriff’s detectives began to investigate the case as a homicide.
On Sept. 28, sheriff’s detectives reviewed the case with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office who authorized one count of first-degree murder against Foreman.
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