Crime

Major Case Squad asks public for help in Alton murder

James E. Hubbard Jr. was killed on Aug. 8, 2015. The father of five and son of a police officer was found shot to death in the street. Aryion Sanders, then age 17, was arrested and eventually convicted of his murder in 2018.
James E. Hubbard Jr. was killed on Aug. 8, 2015. The father of five and son of a police officer was found shot to death in the street. Aryion Sanders, then age 17, was arrested and eventually convicted of his murder in 2018. Provided photo

The man murdered in Alton on Saturday was the father of five children and the son of a retired police officer, according to Major Case Squad detectives investigating his death.

James E. Hubbard, 41, of Alton was found in the 700 block of Oakwood Avenue at about 2 a.m. Saturday. When Alton Police arrived to investigate reports of shots fired, they found Hubbard dead, apparently of gunshot wounds.

“It was a very violent death, and all instances such as this are senseless,” said Lt. Kristopher Tharp, deputy commander of the Major Case Squad.

Tharp said he could not comment on specific aspects of the crime, or what possible motive they are pursuing.

Hubbard was the father of five children, ages 6 to 21. His father, who shares his name, is a retired Alton police officer who served the community for more than 20 years.

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“The family is heartbroken and distraught,” Tharp said. “They have been very cooperative. It is their hope that the community his father served for more than two decades gives back to them and provides some information.”

Tharp said about 25 investigators from 20 departments are “aggressively and vigorously” pursuing leads in the murder and working with CrimeStoppers to encourage anyone with information to come forward.

The Madison County Coroner’s Office is handling the forensic investigation, but officials said any results from their work would only be released by the Major Case Squad.

“We are encouraging the community to reach out to us if they have information that relates to it,” Tharp said. “Our detectives have engaged many people in the community; they are actively pursuing leads and are pleased with the progress we have made.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Alton Police Department at 618-463-3505 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477. CrimeStoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest or arrests.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 618-239-2507.

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