Charges filed in Belleville murder case

News-DemocratDecember 2, 2013 

A 36-year-old man was charged Monday with first-degree murder in connection with the weekend shooting death of a Belleville man, who police said was not the intended target.

Dashon P. Hinkle, of Belleville, was charged Monday afternoon by St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly with first-degree murder. Hinkle is accused of shooting John D. Fath Sr., 53, at 11 p.m. Saturday at Fath's home at 416 N. 40th Street. Fath was shot as he opened his front door.

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was called in to investigate the murder.

Police said Fath was not the intended target.

"Dashon Hinkle is associated with the victim's son, and that's the reason he was at the victim's house, to pay him (the son) a visit," said Belleville Police Department Lt. Matt Eiskant, deputy commander of the Major Case Squad.

The victim's son, John D. Fath Jr., has a long court record in St. Clair County, including convictions for retail theft, criminal trespass to a residence, theft, resisting arrest, obstructing justice, drug charges and several traffic and misdemeanor convictions.

Hinkle also has a lengthy record in St. Clair County, including convictions for battery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery of a child, criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, weapons convictions and several traffic and misdemeanor charges and convictions.

Hinkle was being held Monday afternoon on $2 million bail.

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