Matteson Man Pleads Not Guilty to Joliet Murder

A Matteson man charged with a March murder on Nicholson Street pleaded not guilty.

A Matteson man charged with a deadly shooting on Nicholson Street pleaded not guilty to murder charges during his arraignment Friday morning.

Ruben Wayne Washington, 32, appeared before Judge Robert Livas and was returned to the Will County jail, where he is being held on a $3 million bond.

Washington allegedly gunned down 31-year-old Antonio Tyler March 30 in an apartment on Nicholson Street. The Joliet police captured Washington five days after the slaying. He was taken into custody at a residence in the St. Patrick neighborhood.

Washington caught an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance when he was arrested. He was allegedly holding cocaine.

At his bond hearing the day after his arrest, Washington claimed to have "no idea what's going on." He was cautioned by his attorney to stop talking.

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