A 24-year-old man was charged Monday in the shooting death of Darrell L. Johnson in the Robertsville area.
Wesley L. Tatom was charged in the Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with second-degree murder. A $250,000 cash-only bond was set for his release. Authorities allege that Tatom shot Johnson with a shotgun following an altercation Friday, Jan. 12, at 9 p.m. in the 1200 block of Warfield Road where Johnson had been staying in a camper.
Court records show Tatom’s last known address was in Salem, Mo., but he has lived in Franklin County and has family in the area.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crime Unit worked through the weekend following leads that led to the arrest of Tatom in Waterloo, Ill.
Sheriff Steve Pelton said Tatom was with three other people when an argument began with the suspect and Johnson.
He said Tatom and Johnson did not know each other but had a mutual acquaintance. Detectives still are working to determine a motive for the shooting.
“We’re still actively investigating and piecing this together,” Pelton said
Johnson’s girlfriend was with the victim when he was killed. She called 911 and told authorities the four men fled the scene in a black pickup and red passenger car. She was not injured during the altercation.
Johnson was transported to Mercy Hospital Washington following the 9 p.m. shooting. He died later that night.
Tatom was arrested Monday at a friend’s home in Waterloo. He waived extradition Tuesday afternoon and he will be transported to Missouri by Franklin County deputies.
According to the probable cause statement filed in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office, Tatom refused to answer questions with an attorney present. One of the men with Tatom told police he did not know where the shotgun used in the shooting was located.
No charges have been filed against the other people who accompanied Tatom.
Waterloo Police, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police began assisting the Franklin County Sheriff’s office in the investigation Sunday.
Tatom and another man are being held at the Waterloo Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, authorities said.