Brothers charged with murder in connection with man's death
A pair of St. Louis brothers has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of a St. Louis man near Glen Carbon, officials said Tuesday.
Brothers Ralph Evans, 29, and Julius Evans, 31, have each been charged with two counts of first degree murder in the death of Tyrone Grady, said Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons. Grady's body was found on Feb. 11 after several residents near Chaparral Lane called the Madison County Sheriff's Department and Glen Carbon police with reports of gunshots.
Maj. Jeff Connor, of the Madison County Sheriff's Office, said the men have been in custody since Feb. 14 and were formally charged Feb. 16. The warrants for the arrests had been sealed as part of the ongoing investigation until Tuesday. The men were held on $2 million bail.
Officials released no details of the shooting or the possible motive, but said an overdose death on Feb. 8 of a woman in St. Louis is connected.
The overdose death "played a part in what happened," Connor said during a news conference Tuesday. Police did not specify the relationships among the woman, the Evans brothers and Grady other than to say the four had known one another for some time.
There are no known connections among the men to the Glen Carbon or Madison County area, officials said.
Officials repeatedly said the root of the shooting death near Glen Carbon was St. Louis.
"Once again we are seeing violent crime from St. Louis. If you come to Madison County you will get Madison County justice," Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons said in the press conference.
"We do have violent crime coming from St. Louis," he added.
Other officials echoed those sentiments.
"Madison County is now starting to feel the effects of being in close proximity to one of the most dangerous cities in the United States," Madison County Sheriff John Lakin said.
The sheriff said a wall did not exist between St. Louis and Madison County to keep residents safe from Missouri criminals, but that "we are going to fight this and fight this hard."
Earlier in the investigation, Connor had described Chaparral Lane, off of Illinois 162, as a "quiet residential area."
"We don't know why he was there," Connor said. "In canvassing the neighborhood, no one was familiar with him."
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