UPDATED with more details from court records and comment from defendant's lawyer.
ST. CHARLES — A Bel Ridge man's charges were upgraded from assault to second-degree murder after a man he shot last month in St. Charles died on Saturday.
Police say Marcell Foster, 26, of the 3200 block of Maybelle Drive in Bel Ridge, shot LaRico Martin, 32, around 11 p.m. Dec. 26 in the 200 block of North Main Street.
St. Charles Police Lt. Tom Wilkison said Martin died Saturday. He did not say where Martin lived.
Court documents say Martin died at 2:50 p.m. Saturday from a gunshot wound to the neck.
Charges say a passerby alerted police to a disturbance behind Lloyd & Harry's Bar and Grill along Main Street and that two officers on patrol responded. One of the officers saw Foster holding a black pistol in his hand, point it and fire several times at Martin.
Officers responding to the shooting saw Foster run east toward Riverside Drive, charges say. Foster complied with officers' demands to stop and drop the gun. Police recovered a loaded .40-caliber pistol and six spent shell casings at the shooting scene.
In an interview with police, Foster said "I shot a guy" in an altercation between Martin and Foster's cousin, charges say. Foster said Martin punched his cousin.
Foster's lawyer Terry Niehoff said his client was defending himself and his cousin at the time.
Foster pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action; his next court date is listed as Jan. 12.
Foster's criminal history includes arrests in 2018 and 2020 in St. Louis for first-degree assault, court records say. Prosecutors refused charges in those cases because victims were unavailable.
Bail for Foster was set at $500,000 cash-only.