Van Arsedale reaches potential plea agreement

By Dave Gong

The state and attorneys for one of the men charged with the April 5 shooting at 1009 Aspen Court have potentially reached a plea agreement, said Clay Campbell, DeKalb County State’s Attorney.

Attorneys for Richard Van Arsdale III, 21, previously filed motions to quash Van Arsdale’s arrest and suppress his statement given to police. Campbell said the prosecution has been involved in discussions with Van Arsdale’s attorneys and have placed the motions on hold due to the tentative plea agreement.

Van Arsdale is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and armed violence in connection with the April 5 shooting at 1009 Aspen Court that injured NIU linebacker Devon Butler.

Also charged is Mark Orozco, 24, who police believe is the shooter in this case. Police have said they believe Van Arsdale drove the getaway vehicle used in the shooting.

Van Arsdale’s next court date is Nov. 18, while Orozco’s next court date is Nov. 17.

“We’re waiting to see what happens with the case against Orozco before moving forward on the Van Arsdale case,” Campbell said.