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Bond set at $1M for suspects in Easter shooting

By Bill Lukitsch, @Bill_LukitschDE

Two of the suspects arrested in connection to a Carbondale shooting that killed one and put another in the hospital appeared in court for the first time Monday.

Co-defendants Travis Tyler, 21, of Hazelwood, Mo., and John Ingram, 21, of Webster Groves, Mo., were informed of the $1 million bond amount set by Judge Kimberly Dahlen for felony charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. April 21 in Jackson County court.

Both men are charged with one class X felony, which is a non-probationable offense that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of six years in prison. The second count, a class four felony, carries a potential four to 15 years and would be served consecutively.

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Dahlen conferred with the state’s attorney to clarify the charges, noting Tyler and Ingram are facing a maximum 45-year imprisonment if convicted for both counts. 

“Can I have a bond reduction, your honor?” Tyler asked the judge after he was notified of the bond decision.

Dahlen informed Tyler he is within his rights to file a motion with the assistance of his defense attorney.

Both Southeast Missouri State University students surrendered to authorities at the Jackson County Jail within the past week for the Easter shooting.

Police responded to reports of shots fired about 2 a.m. March 27 in the 400 block of West Walnut Street. Upon arrival, Carbondale police said a large crowd of people were leaving the party there. Investigating officers learned an altercation between two men at the party led to the shooting.

Shots were fired inside and outside the house, police said.

Tim Beaty, 41, was killed by a stray bullet in his home next door, police said during a press conference March 28. A second victim, Nehemiah Greenlee, was taken to Carbondale Memorial Hospital for a non-life threatening injury and later transferred to a St. Louis-area hospital where he was treated, police said. 

The charges against Tyler and Ingram are related to injuries sustained by Greenlee, and the investigation into Beaty’s death is ongoing, said Michael Carr, Jackson County state’s attorney, in a statement last week.

No charges had been filed in relation to the homicide as of Monday.

SEMO student Dwayne Dunn Jr., 21, of St. Louis, was the first suspect arrested and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm. His bond was set at $500,000 by Judge Dahlen on March 29 and his preliminary hearing is also scheduled for April 21.

The three SEMO students were placed on interim suspension and are not allowed on university premises pending the completion of a criminal investigation, according to a SEMO news release.

All but one of the suspects named by police had been apprehended as of Monday afternoon.

Daniel Holmes, 21, of Carbondale, is a fourth suspect wanted in connection with the case and remains at large, according to police. A nationwide arrest warrant was issued with a $750,000 bond, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

Holmes is also wanted in connection with a shooting at Evolve Apartments at SIU on March 29. He should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. 

The investigation of these incidents are ongoing, police said. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 618-549-COPS (2677).

Bill Lukitsch can be reached at [email protected] or 618-536-3329.

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