Monticello man charged with murder

Randall Chamberlain

Randall Chamberlain

A suspect in Sunday’s shooting in Monticello has been charged with murder.

Randall Chamberlain, 21, Monticello, has been charged with murder in the death of Cayla Moore, according to the White County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police were called to the 4400 block of N. West Shafer Drive at 7:17 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, after two 911 calls were received reporting a shooting. When police arrived at the residence, they found two men offering life-saving aid to Cayla Moore, 30, from Rockville, Illinois. Police say Moore died at the scene from injuries to her heart and spleen due to a single gunshot wound to the chest.

According to the homeowner, who called 911, Chamberlain allegedly shot Moore with a Glock 44, .22 caliber handgun when she charged at him with “her fist raised as if she would strike (Chamberlain),” after Moore allegedly pushed the homeowner, according to the probable cause affidavit. The gun used belonged to the homeowner.

A second witness told police they were in the garage of the home with the homeowner and Chamberlain, and that Moore was at the residence removing personal property as she had been asked to move out. The witness said that Moore had accused them of stealing her property when an argument began. The witness purported to police that Moore became angry and “came at (the witness) aggressively when the homeowner stepped between them to stop Moore.” They further told police that Moore was shoving the homeowner when Chamberlain told her to leave the homeowner alone. Moore then allegedly “went toward (Chamberlain) at which time (Chamberlain) shot Cayla one time with a handgun,” the probable cause affidavit states.

Following the shooting, a third witness stated they heard a gunshot and then witnessed a male subject, later identified as Chamberlain, place a gun on the ground and began to render life-saving aid to Moore.

Chamberlain appeared in White County Superior Court today, Thursday, Aug. 11, for an initial hearing. He is being held in the White County Jail.

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