Carl Curry

The man suspected of killing two people inside a downtown Riverside apartment last November was back in court in Massachusetts this week as local law enforcement officials seek to have him extradited here to face charges.

Carl Curry, 33, has been held at the Barnstable County, Massachusetts, jail since Dec. 9 when the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force apprehended him at a relative’s home in Hyannis. Curry reportedly fled to Massachusetts after he allegedly shot dead 38-year-old Jeremy Lane and 31-year-old Tiata Johnson inside Lane’s apartment last November.

Curry has been fighting extradition to Cook County, said Riverside Police Chief Matthew Buckley. At an arraignment hearing on Feb. 15 in Barnstable County District Court, the Illinois Department of Corrections entered what Buckley called a “governor’s warrant” seeking Curry’s extradition for violating the terms of his parole in Illinois.

At the time of the shooting, Curry was on parole after serving part of a six-year sentence for a 2019 conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was released from The Sheridan Correctional Center last August.

Curry was scheduled to appear in court via Zoom on Feb. 22, after the Landmark’s press time, for a motion hearing, which likely will start the clock ticking on Curry’s extradition to Illinois, Buckley said. Until that time, Curry is being held without bond in Barnstable County.

Riverside police intend to have Curry charged with first-degree murder for the deaths of Lane and Johnson. Curry reportedly forced his way into Lane’s third-floor apartment at 63 Forest Ave. on Nov. 13, 2021 and gunned down the couple in a bedroom.

On Nov. 8, just days before the two were fatally shot, Curry was arrested at Johnson’s home in downstate Danville and charged with disorderly conduct. Following that incident, Johnson left Danville and sought refuge with Lane to avoid further contact with Curry.

According to Lane’s mother, Curry had previously confronted Johnson with a handgun at her Danville home. Lane knew of Curry but was not personally acquainted with him, Annett Lane told the Landmark last December.