A man accused in the shooting death of a Robertsville area resident last month is slated to appear in court Tuesday.
An arraignment is scheduled Tuesday for Wesley L. Tatom, 24, on the charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. The hearing is at 10 a.m. in front of Presiding Circuit Judge Ike Lamke.
Tatom was indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury in January. Authorities allege he shot Darrell L. Johnson, 46, with a shotgun following an altercation Friday, Jan. 12, at 9 p.m. in the 1200 block of Warfield Road where Johnson was staying.
Tatom is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $250,000 cash-only bond.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crime Unit followed leads following the shooting that led them to Waterloo, Ill., where Tatom was arrested Monday, Jan. 15, at a friend’s home.
Authorities said Tatom was with three other people when an argument began with the suspect and Johnson.
Tatom and Johnson did not know each other but had a mutual acquaintance, according to the sheriff’s office.
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 shooting. He died later that night.
Tatom waived extradition Tuesday, Jan. 16, and he was transported to Missouri by Franklin County deputies.
Court records show Tatom has been living in Salem, Mo., but he has lived in Franklin County and has family in the area.
Authorities said Tatom refused to answer questions without 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 assisted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.