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A Champaign man has pleaded not guilty to kicking and beating a homeless man to death.

Thirty-six year-old Jermaine Davis is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Russell Allen Stokes.

Stokes was found outside a building in Champaign early Friday and died at a local hospital. An autopsy found he died of brain and neck injuries.

Davis' bond was set Monday at $550,000.

Constance Chapple of Champaign has been charged with obstructing justice by cleaning up blood from an assault on Stokes and concealing a homicidal death by helping remove the body. She has not entered a plea and does not yet have an attorney. Her bond is $25,000.

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