MATTOON, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Mattoon man was arrested late Wednesday afternoon on charges of solicitation to commit murder and conspiracy to commit murder after he allegedly planned to killed people, including a heroin dealer, at a residence in Champaign, Ill. where heroin is distributed, Mattoon Chief of Police Jason Taylor reported.
Mattoon Police arrested Cody D. Cordes, 28, of Mattoon, at 5:13 p.m. in the 3800 block of Marshall Ave.
Charges allege that Cordes solicited another person to engage in the robbery and murder of at least two individuals in Champaign with the intent to gain drugs, cash and more firearms. Cordes conspired with another person to engage in the crimes, whom Taylor did not name in his report.
Police arrested Cordes while he was furthering his plans by obtaining a shotgun to use in the killings.
Cordes was taken to the Coles County Jail. Champaign authorities were notified of the location of the drug house, as well as the identity of one of the intended victims.