Man Charged with 2nd Degree Homicide for Tofte Shooting Death

Man Charged for Murder in Tofte

Bail has been set at $1 million for the man accused of shooting and killing another man at Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte on Wednesday. 

61-year-old Kirk Bigby appeared in court Friday on charges of second-degree Intentional Homicide in the shooting death of Marcus Lee Roberts of Bloomington.  

Police say Bigby shot and killed Roberts outside of the Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte on Wednesday. 

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Bluefin Bay Resort on a call of shots fired just after midnight Wednesday. 

When authorities arrived, they found Roberts outside of the resort, unresponsive.  According to the criminal complaint, Roberts had a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest under his arm. 

Police say several people stepped outside of a holiday party being held at the resort’s restaurant.  

According to the criminal complaint,  a witness told police he saw Bigby “just pull out a gun and shoot the guy.”  Roberts was working for a gaming company hired by the resort for entertainment at the holiday party.  

Authorities located Bigby in a guestroom at the resort and attempted to arrest him when a struggle ensued.  Bigby’s face was injured during the arrest due to him resisting. 

Police also recovered a gun in his room.  The criminal complaint states the bullets in the gun matched the shell casing discovered next to the victim. 

In court Friday, Cook County Attorney Molly Hicken said that Bigby had a “substantial” amount of guns and ammunition in his possession at the resort. 

Hicken told Judge Mike Cuzzo that Bigby is a threat to public safety. She said that Bigby killed Roberts “without warning and without provocation” and asked for bail to be set at $1 million.  

Public Defender Brent Olson asked for a $10,000 cash bail with conditions, including Bigby surrendering his Conceal and Carry Permit, and turning over his firearms to police.   Olson says Bigby has health problems that cannot be addressed while in custody. 

Judge Mike Cuzzo sided with the prosecution in setting $1 million dollar bail, saying that he has “very little information” about the case.   

Olson says Bigby is claiming self-defense in the shooting. 

Bigby will be back in court on December 28 at 10 a.m. 

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