Crime

Third defendant charged in beating death of Alton drummer

New charges have been filed against a third alleged assailant in the beating death of a popular musician in an Alton parking lot this summer.

Troy R. Gibson, 24, of Wood River is now charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of John Gleason. He joins twin brothers Aaron and Adam Hosford, who were initially charged with aggravated assault and mob action. Those charges were upgraded to involuntary manslaughter when Gleason died a month later.

Gleason was a well-known drummer with the band Cherry Hill, and left behind two children.

Gleason, 43, allegedly was trying to intervene on May 3 when he saw a man hitting a woman and a fight broke out. The Hosford brothers are accused of punching and kicking Gleason in the head and body, breaking his nose and inflicting serious injuries. Gleason died in the hospital in June.

At the time, authorities said they believed others might be involved. Madison County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Stephanee Smith said they now believe Gibson also participated in the fight.

He is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a Class 3 felony. The charges indicate he is accused of punching and kicking Gleason in the head and body, causing his death.

Gleason was a well-known drummer with the band Cherry Hill, and left behind two children.

Gibson is not currently in custody, Smith said. His case is currently separated from that of the Hosford twins, who are scheduled for their next court appearance on Nov. 9.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald

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