EDGEWOOD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Clay County States Attorneys charged three Illinois men with first-degree murder this week in connection to a Sept. 25 residential burglary and killing in Edgewood, Ill.
Walter West, 30, Edgewood, Ill., and Christopher Gallatin, 27, Centralia, Ill., were both charged on Monday with First-Degree Murder for Accountability, First Degree Murder as a class M Criminal Felony and Residential Burglary by the Office of Clay County States Attorney Andrew T. Koester.
Jamie Charlton, 39, Salem, Ill., was also charged with First Degree Murder for Accountability, First Degree Murder as a class M Criminal Felony and Residential Burglary on Wednesday by the Clay County State’s Attorney.
West, Gallatin and Charlton all being charged with first-degree murder and residential burglary means Koester alleged they either committed, or acted as accomplices in, the residential burglary and killing of Roger Courson.
The 80-year-old Courson was found dead on Sept. 26 in his Edgewood, Ill. home by a family member. Police determined that a safe, multiple firearms and a television had been taken from the home.
Police said in their report that suspects were developed in this case following a Crime Stoppers tip provided by the public to the Clay County Sheriff’s Department and Effingham City Police Department.
Based on information gathered during the investigation, West and Gallatin were taken into custody on Sept. 30 and a Clay County Judge found probable cause to detain them on Oct. 1. Charlton was taken into custody on Oct. 6.
Bond on the above charges against West and Gallatin has been set at $2,500,000, 10% of which applies to each person. Bond on the charges against Charlton will be set at his first appearance on Oct. 8, police said.
West, Gallatin and Charlton all remain in custody at the Clay County Jail. No further information is available at this time, police said.
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