Illinois man turns himself in for Janesville double homicide

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JANESVILLE, Wis. — The Janesville Police Department announced Saturday that it has a suspect in custody for last Monday’s double homicide.

In a news conference, police said Marcus Randle El turned himself in at a police station in Chicago. He will be charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide once he is returned to Wisconsin.

Randle El of Homewood, Illinois was a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison football team from 2004-07.

Around 3:15 a.m. Monday 27-year-old Brittany McAdory of Joliet, Illinois and 30-year-old Seairaha Winchester of Janesville were found bleeding and unresponsive near the intersection of Midvale and Deerfield drives.

Both women were taken to a local hospital where they later died from gunshot wounds.

Police believe Randle El, McAdory and Winchester had plans to meet later that morning.

After the homicides, police said Randle El took McAdory’s Jeep Black Cherokee. It was later found in Justice, Illinois on Interstate 294.

Randle El has a criminal history in Dane County, including disorderly conduct and battery charges in 2005.

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Family and friends held a vigil in honor of McAdory and Winchester on Tuesday. 

“This is a simple tragedy,” said Clarence Winchester, Seairaha Winchester’s father. “She was a very carefree girl. She loved everybody.”

Coworkers of McAdory joined the vigil as well.

“She was very bright,” coworker Marquita Hayes said. “On bad days she’d come and she’s always smiling.”

Both women leave behind young children.

On Monday, Janesville police announced they would devote nearly one-fifth of the department’s staff to find the party responsible.

This story will be udpated as we learn new information.