A Chicago-area man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Deonte Gainwell, who shot and killed Ahmonta Harris but was not charged in his death, according to court records.

Laron Nesbitt, 24, was charged on Friday, and his bond was set at $1 million, according to court records.

Nesbitt is from Calumet City, Illinois, just south of Chicago, according to jail records.

He was already in the Boone County Jail on "unrelated charges," according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. Those charges appear to be for unlawfully possessing a firearm, for which an arrest warrant was issued Jan. 29, according to court records.

Gainwell, 20, was shot and killed Jan. 17 on the 3700 block of Weymeyer Drive.

Earlier, on Nov. 24, Gainwell shot and killed Harris, a community activist.

Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight released a letter in January that said Gainwell would not have been charged in Harris' death because evidence showed Harris was breaking into Gainwell's house in an attempt to rob it when Gainwell shot Harris.

Supervising editor is Sky Chadde.

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