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Joliet Police: Love Triangle Led To Murder

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JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) – A man has been arrested after a love triangle led to the death of a paroled drug dealer, police said.

Jordan A. Arthur, 22, was arrested on charges of first-degree murder Friday for allegedly shooting Courtney L. Jordan around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The victim called 911 to say he was being threatened following an argument in a Hickory Street parking lot near his apartment when shots rang out, police said. Responding officers found Jordan lying facedown and unresponsive with multiple bullets in his back. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Since 1994, Jordan, who would have turned 35 Friday, had been arrested numerous times for narcotics offenses and received a 10-year sentence for delivery of a controlled substance in 2005. Released on parole last summer, Jordan was not sent back to Pickneyville Correctional Center despite another arrest for drug possession in April.

Police canvassed the neighborhood after the shooting and checked Jordan’s history to connect him with a 31-year-old woman, Sgt. Marc Reid said.

“We interviewed her and learned she was also involved in a relationship with Arthur,” he said. “Arthur volunteered to come down to the station for an interview Wednesday and provided an alibi before he left without facing any charges.”

Reid said Arthur was elevated from a person of interest to a suspect after detectives checked his alibi and consulted with the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office. A $3 million warrant was issued for Arthur’s arrest Friday.

“He was taken into custody at an automotive service business where he worked without incident,” Reid said.

Police got a warrant to search of Arthur’s residence and reportedly found ammunition that matched bullets found at the crime scene.

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