Two men have been charged with murder in connection with the death of Nicholas Hood, who was fatally shot early Tuesday in front of his fiancee and her children in Caseyville.
Charged were: Terrion D. Stevenson, 20, of Cahokia; and Orlando C. Adkins Jr., 21, of Belleville. The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis held a news conference Saturday to announce the charges.
The Major Case Squad was activated shortly after the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of shots fired in a home in the 1800 block of Apache Street. Police said someone had kicked in the door and shot Hood three times in quick succession, while his fiancee and her three young children were present. The shooter then fled.
According to detectives, four persons of interest shared a mutual acquaintance with Hood, which led them to his house. Police believe the four committed a home invasion and burglary in the 600 block of South 21st Street in Belleville an hour before they entered Hood’s home.
Lt. Matt Eiskant, commander of the Major Case Squad, said that police don’t know what exactly they were hoping to find in Hood’s home. While Hood was not acquainted with them, Eiskant said, they had a mutual acquaintance, which is what allegedly led to targeting the home.
Eiskant declined to comment further on motives.
Stevenson and Adkins both face two counts of first-degree murder, as well as home invasion with a firearm and residential burglary. A third person was in custody and had not been charged as of Saturday afternoon, but the investigation was ongoing, Eiskant said. A fourth person had not yet been taken into custody, but was considered a person of interest.
Stevenson and Adkins were being held on $1 million bail on the murder charge and $150,000 bail on the burglary and home invasion charges as of Saturday.
Hood was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy showed he died of a gunshot wound to the chest that struck his aorta. Eiskant said the family is “very distraught over the situation,” and stressed that the investigation was continuing. When asked if the suspects could be linked to other home invasions, he said it was “possible.”