Poplous pleads not guilty in Thompson Hall shooting

Rachel Greene, Editor-in-chief

On Tuesday, Oct.6, Kavion K. Poplous went in front of a judge for his preliminary hearing following the shooting at Thompson Hall that occurred Sept. 15.

Poplous pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, which include two counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated battery using a firearm and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm. He opted for a jury trial. The Western Illinois University freshman is accused of shooting his roommate at around 10:38 p.m. on Sept 15. in their shared residence hall room. He turned himself in to authorities on the following day in Chicago. If he is found guilty of the charges against him, he faces upwards of 30 years in prison.

In addition to the plea, Poplous’ attorney also made a request to lower his bail from $1 million. This request was denied by a McDonough County judge.

Poplous will have a pretrial hearing on Jan 5.