Thomas "T.J." Easter

A Sullivan man has been charged with murder following an altercation with his brother Thursday, April 13, at a home Sullivan.

Thomas "T.J." Easter II, 35, was charged Friday in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of his brother John Easter, 32, Leasburg.

T.J. Easter is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

According to Sullivan police, officers were dispatched to a home in the 600 block of East Vine Street around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police allege that T.J. Easter shot his brother with a handgun following an altercation between the two men.

An EMS crew treated John Easter at the scene before he was transported to Missouri Baptist Hospital, Sullivan, where he later died.

T.J. Easter was taken into custody and transported to the Sullivan Police Department