‘Persons of interest’ in custody in rural Caseyville homicide

Detectives investigating the homicide in rural Caseyville of Nicholas Hood announced Friday “multiple persons of interest” were in custody and said they would turn their findings over to St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly.

According to Major Case Squad Deputy Commander Lt. Matt Eiskant, “Investigators have been following up on leads developed in the case. The Major Case Squad has taken multiple persons of interest into custody related to the homicide.”

Eiskant said Friday that four individuals were in custody but did not say what their roles were in connection with homicide. He said detectives were continuing conversations with the individuals and pursuing additional leads.

At 12:59 a.m. Tuesday, St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the mobile home on Apache Street in rural Caseyville where Hood, 24, resided with his fiancee and her three young children. Police said someone kicked in the door and shot Hood three times in quick succession when he came to see what was going on. The shooter then left the scene. Hood was pronounced dead in the residence.

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