Fifth person charged in Olney murder case

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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – Illinois State Police report that the office of the Jefferson County State’s Attorney Sean Featherstun on Wednesday charged Misty D. Whipple, 43, of Mount Vernon, Ill., with one count of Aiding a Fugitive, a Class 4 Felony, for her role in the Sept. 6 murder of Kyle M. Johnson. She is the fifth person to be charged in this case.

Whipple was taken into custody by officers from the Mount Vernon Police Department at approximately 1 p.m.

Whipple, on or about Sept. 10, is alleged to have aided or assisted Rick Meador in fleeing from a warrant for his arrest issued in the State of Illinois. Whipple rented a van which was used to transport Meador from Illinois to Florida. Police claim Whipple did so with the intent to prevent the apprehension of Meador.

The murder occurred on Sept. 6 at the intersection of North Walnut and East Laurel Street in Olney. Johnson, a 19-year-old from Olney, was found with multiple gunshot wounds and transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 8 officials were requested by the Olney Police Department to assist with the homicide investigation. 

Through information gathered during the investigation led by ISP DCI Zone 8, five arrests have resulted in connection with this homicide — Rick A. Meador, 18, of Olney, Tara N. Haws, 33, of Olney, a 16-year-old female of Olney, and Dale E. Boatman Jr., 32, of Olney. All four were charged with First-Degree Murder by Accountability and Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Murder. Meador, Haws and Boatman are all being currently held at the Richland County Jail; the 16-year-old is at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center. Whipple is at the Jefferson County Jail.

ISP DCI Zone 8 was assisted by the Olney Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Mount Vernon Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, ISP District 12 Patrol, ISP District 13 Patrol, and the United States Marshals in this investigation. 

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