A 29-year-old Davenport man was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of a 52-year-old man in East Moline Tuesday.
Willie Minor is accused of fatally shooting Jon Keener, 52, of Muscatine, formerly of Cordova, in the head.
Minor, shackled and dressed in yellow jail garb, made a brief appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Rock Island County Justice Center, where bond was set at $5 million.
He remained silent as Associate Judge Carol Pentuic read him the charge. Minor shook his head when the judge asked him whether he was employed, prompting her to appoint a public defender to represent him.
Pentuic set bond at $5 million. He will be back in court Feb. 20 for a preliminary hearing.
About 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, East Moline police received multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting near the intersection of Third Street and 15th Avenue.
Officers found Keener lying on the south side of the roadway edge with a gunshot wound to the head, Lt. Darren Gault said in a media release.
He was transported to Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was conducted Wednesday in Dixon, Illinois.
Eye witnesses told police that a person fled the scene after the shooting and went into a residence south of 15th Avenue at Kennedy Drive, according to the release.
The Crisis Containment Unit, responded and negotiated with occupants to exit the residence.
The situation came to a peaceful resolution at 4:08 p.m., according to the release. Several people from the residence were detained, including Minor, while the investigation continued well into overnight hours. Police recovered a firearm during the investigation, according to the release.
The shooting is being investigated by the police department and the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office. Police were assisted by the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit and the Rock Island County Coroner.
Moline Police Department, Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department and Silvis Police Department officers responded yesterday to help secure the area and to provide additional safety to the citizens in that area.
Gault declined to say what type of gun was recovered or where police found it or what the motive was for the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation.
He said Minor knew people at the residence where he was located, but Keener is not believed to have connections to the residence or the immediate area.
No one else has been charged at this time, Gault said. The other people detained from the residence were released pending further investigation, he said.
“We are grateful and proud of the community for their assistance in this investigation,” Gault said Wednesday. “The cooperation has been very helpful in moving toward a quick resolution. We depend on the public to be the eyes and ears of the community and provide vital information on suspected criminal activity to the police.”
Witnesses were vital to helping police quickly secure the area, protect the public from further danger and come to a quick resolution, he said.
“We still need the public’s assistance in the ongoing investigation and determining if others have important information,” Gault said.
Police are looking for anyone with information of any kind to contact the East Moline Police Department at 309-752-1546 or Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.
This is the third homicide reported in the Quad-Cities in 2018, and the second one to occur in East Moline in almost three months.
On Nov. 17, police were called to the 200 block of 19th Street for a battery complaint and found Robert E. Neal Sr., 69, with a gunshot wound to the chest.
He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. His grandson, Roman P. Knox, 23, was charged with first-degree murder in his death.
He will be back in court on the charge Thursday.