Evidence reveals a Peoria woman gunned down in 2006 was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Three men have been arrested in the connection with the death of 48-year old Robbin Underwood. Underwood and another woman were in a truck in the 1300 block of North Ellis when a man came up the truck...and that man was the intended target.
Allen Fitzpatrick, Anthony King and Michael Johnson were arrested Tuesday in connection with Underwood's killing.
"We believe those suspects were involved in retaliation for other murders," according to Peoria Police Capt. Mike Eddlemon.
Specifically, one of the other murder victims was Carl Wells. Wells was killed on March 11, 2006 in the 900 block of Third Street, four days before a bullet took Underwood's life.
Eddlemon says Wells' murder was related to the murders of Mark Walker May 13, 2005 in the 800 block of Russell and Jamar Murdock in the 2100 block of West Lincoln May 21, 2005.
"We have spoken to a lot of people who were either involved or had knowledge of what happened. Obviously, those stories were corroborated," Eddlemon says. "And, we felt very comfortable to move and make the arrests."
Eddlemon says as the investigation continues, more suspects could be identified and even more cold cases could be solved.
"What's done in the dark will be revealed in the day, we will never give up," Eddlemon says. "We will continue to work hard. Eventually, you will be brought to justice."
Eddlemon says the investigation started to "gain steam" toward the arrest of the three suspects two years ago.
"Our detectives in the Violent Crimes Unit really pressed this and started to narrow down who was involved," Eddlemon explains. "But, we're nowhere near being finished. We're closer than we were but there's still a long way to go."
Underwood's family is relieved the suspects are in custody and grateful to police for their continued efforts.
Renee Turner, Underwood's daughter-in-law, says happy that, in a way, her mother-in-law's name is cleared.
"A lot of people just assumed because she was in that area and the drug activity that goes on there," Turner said. "[Like she] was another bad person off the streets. But, that's just not true."