Police charged a Woodstock man with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting that took place in June. 

Victor Romero-Palos, 36, of Woodstock, was charged with the murder of Cesar Rangel, 41, of Woodstock, according to a press release issued by the Woodstock Police Department. 

Rangel was found shot around 1:13 a.m. June 16 in a parking lot at the corner of East Calhoun and South Jefferson streets and transported to Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, where he was pronounced dead.

Romero-Palos was arrested on drug related charges by Woodstock Police June 16, approximately eight hours after the death of Rangel, Deputy Chief Jeffrey Parsons said. 

Romero-Palos was charged with three drug-related felonies including manufacturing or delivery of heroin near a school or park, a Class X felony. 

Romero-Palos was being held at McHenry County Correctional facility on a $2 million bond for the drug charges when Woodstock Police charged him July 5 for the murder of Rangel. The drug charges were unrelated to the murder, Parsons said. 

“We were confident he was the sole person of interest, which is why we expressed that no heightened risk to the public existed,” Parsons said. 

“After a thorough investigation by the Woodstock Police Department, the McHenry County Major Investigations Team and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, two counts of first-degree murder were approved and warrants obtained,” Parsons said. 

His bond was raised by $5 million following the murder charges, bringing Romero-Palos’ total bond to $7 million, according to the press release. 

Romero-Palos is scheduled to appear in court July 7 for the drug charges and July 19 for the murder charges. If convicted, he could face life in prison. 

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