Devon Butler upgraded to serious

Updated: April 8, 2011, 5:03 PM ET
Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. -- Hospital officials say Northern Illinois linebacker Devon Butler's condition has been upgraded to serious.

Butler was wounded in a drive-by shooting while off campus Tuesday night. Authorities say a gunman in an SUV fired into the apartment building where Butler was visiting with friends.

Officials at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford said Butler's condition improved on Friday afternoon. He had been in critical condition since Tuesday.

Earlier this week, a judge set bond at $1 million each for two NIU students accused in the shooting.

Prosecutors have charged 24-year-old Mark Orozco and 20-year-old Richard Van Arsdale with attempted first-degree murder. Both men are from DeKalb and appeared in DeKalb County court Thursday via closed-circuit television from the county jail.

They couldn't be reached for comment. It isn't clear if they have attorneys.

Butler is a junior from Pembroke Pines, Fla. He was in on 80 tackles -- second on the team -- and had 4½ sacks.


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