Gregory Crowder, Derrick Coleman charged with murder

8:15 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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Madison County, IL (KSDK) - Charges have been filed against a 49-year-old East St. Louis, Illinois man for the murder of 23-year-old Travon O. Bey.

Gregory Crowder has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and aggravated unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

The Major Case Squad was activated after Madison County police found Bey's body at a home in the 2000 block of 5th Street in Madison, Illinois around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Bey was found with gunshot wounds and was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead shortly after 5 p.m.

Crowder was identified as a suspect and taken into custody around 2:20 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of East Broadway in East St. Louis. He was armed when he was arrested.

In 1985 Crowder was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in Sangamon County, Illinois. In 2007 he was convicted of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon in St. Clair County, Illinois.

Due to accountability, another man, 24-year-old Derrick L. Coleman, was charged for the same offenses as Crowder.

Madison County police say the investigation revealed Coleman was in possession of a firearm inside the home and gave it to Crowder. Bey was inside the home before the shooting, and he and Crowder had issues with each other in the past.

Police say Crowder approached Bey inside the home, shot him, and then removed property from his body.

Authorities believe Crowder and Coleman fled the scene in a green 1999 Ford Expedition, which was found abandoned early Sunday morning in Granite City, Illinois.

Coleman voluntarily went to the Granite City Police Department knowing investigators wanted him for questioning. He was then taken into custody by police.

Another man, 21-year-old Robert L. Coleman, is wanted for questioning by police. Investigators believe he may have been a witness to this crime.

Robert Coleman is wanted by the Granite City Police Department for aggravated battery, a charge which was issued April 10, 2012 and is unrelated to the Bey murder investigation.

Investigators were told Robert Coleman was aware of the warrant and fled the scene after Bey's murder.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Robert Coleman is asked to contact their local police department.

Crowder and Derrick Coleman are each held without bond and in custody in the Madison County Jail.


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