One of two men charged in connection with the Sept. 22 shooting death of Brady L. Gilmore Tumlinson during a robbery has waived his preliminary hearing that was slated for Friday.
Nakita Ronschel Wiseman Jr., 21, of Bettendorf, filed the waiver in Scott County District Court through his appointed attorney, Timothy Tupper, on Wednesday, according to court records.
He will be arraigned April 5.
Wiseman’s co-defendant, Tristin Antonio Joseph Alderman, 22, of Davenport, still is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday.
During a preliminary hearing, a judge hears evidence and decides whether there is enough evidence to bind the case over for trial.
Wiseman and Alderman are charged with one count each of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.
Both men remained in the Scott County Jail Thursday on a $1 million cash or surety bond each.
Davenport police responded at 7:34 a.m. Sept. 22 to 1321 S. Nevada Ave. and found Tumlinson and a woman with gunshot wounds.
Tumlinson was pronounced dead at the scene, and the woman was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police have said she is still recovering from her injuries.
According to arrest affidavits filed by Davenport police:
Alderman, Wiseman and three other accomplices conspired to rob Tumlinson at his home.
Cellphone tower information placed them in the area at the time of the robbery. An accomplice reported that Alderman pointed out the house and sent a text message to another accomplice that read, “U just passed it.”
An accomplice reported that once they were at the house, Alderman pointed out a window and told the others that it was the bedroom.
An accomplice said Alderman was present inside the home when the shooting occurred and that he fled from the opposite side of the house from where the group entered.
Immediately after the shooting, witnesses identified Alderman as being with Wiseman. Surveillance video near Tumlinson’s home showed five people running away from the direction of the house.
Alderman's cell phone records show a phone call to one of the witnesses at this time and a text message that read, "1010 S Michigan," which is only a few blocks away from Tumlinson’s house.
Witnesses reported that they talked to Wiseman and another person because he needed a ride and that during the car ride, Wiseman said “I just caught a body” and “I shot somebody.”
Alderman returned to the scene the next morning while Davenport police were investigating the shooting and he took them to a set of bloody gloves nearby. The blood on the gloves was forensically tested and found to contain the DNA of one of the accomplices.
One accomplice said during an interview with police that he was shot during the incident, according to the affidavit.
Alderman and Wiseman were arrested March 2 on the murder, robbery and conspiracy charges. No other arrests have been made as of Thursday and police have not released any further information regarding the alleged accomplices.