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BLOOMINGTON — The two men facing murder charges in the Dec. 5 shooting death of a Bloomington man are no strangers to the Twin Cities, or to law enforcement.

Anthony Grampsas, 18, and Tyjuan Bruce, 20, appeared before McLean County Judge Sarah Duffy Tuesday afternoon on charges of murder, home invasion with a firearm, armed robbery, robbery and residential burglary. Both face eight counts, including four murder charges.

They remain in McLean County jail in lieu of each posting $500,035.

Authorities have released no further details of the case, including a possible motive. The suspects are scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 25.

McLean County State's Attorney Don Knapp was in the courtroom where the two appeared via a video link from the jail.

"This is still an active investigation and we have no further comment at this time," he said.

Both men are from Decatur and are unemployed, according to court documents. Their connection to Dover was not made public on Tuesday. The court documents also do not indicate what, if anything, was taken from Dover's residence in the 800 block of West Jefferson Street.

Police were called to the scene at 4:45 a.m. Dec. 5. The street in front of the home was blocked with crime scene tape and investigators were seen coming from inside the home and also stood near the driveway.

It is unknown who fired weapons, or if any weapons were recovered.

In unrelated cases, Grampsas is facing previous McLean County charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and one count of possession of marijuana, and is due in court for a status hearing on Jan. 22.

He also was a co-defendant in a case with a Bloomington man who was charged with possession of a firearm by a street gang member and possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card from a September 2018 incident in Bloomington.

His co-defendant in that case, Quinton Jackson, 20, is due in a court on Friday for a status hearing on those charges.

Grampsas also has a criminal history in Decatur. He is due in court on Feb. 5 for a charge of retail theft, and was in Macon County Circuit Court on Friday on a charge of possession of marijuana; he also faces two counts of armed robbery with a gun and an aggravated battery charge. He was out on bail at the time of his arrest.

On Friday, a motion was filed on his behalf to allow him to move out of state with permission from the court. No ruling was made and his next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 24.

This also is not the first arrest for Bruce. According to McLean County court records, he pleaded guilty to 2017 charge of unlawful use of a weapon. Police arrested him after he fired a gun toward a car after an incident in north Normal.

He was arrested on charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle, a Class 1 felony. He also was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, four counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and resisting a peace officer. Those charges were dropped in a plea agreement.

Court documents said witnesses identified Bruce as the man who fired the shots. Bruce ran from police, but they found him the next day, and he dropped a loaded handgun along the way, documents said. A police officer was injured during the pursuit.

A 2016 Bloomington High School graduate, he played football and ran track for the Raiders.

Dover graduated from University High School the same year and also played football. He was recording music videos and taking photos of aspiring area musicians at the time of his death.

Photos: 2018 McLean County jail mug shots 

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.