More Information on Last Weekend’s Mob Action/Murder
The Carbondale Police Department has released more information about Saturday’s mob action and murder, including pictures of the suspects. From the news release:
The City of Carbondale Police Department Investigation Bureau conducted an investigation into this incident throughout the weekend. During the course of the investigation, officers arrested Trevis Thompson and Patrick Greene and charged them with Aggravated Battery, Mob Action and Murder. Both were incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. The investigation revealed this incident was a result of a personal dispute between acquaintances.
And the photos:
People are understandably upset about this, but it gets worse. From an email on a local listserv:
According to records at the Jackson County Court, one of the defendants – Trevis Thompson, was charged before with mob action and aggravated battery – on August 29, 2007. He was eventually released after the Jackson County State’s Attorney filed a Nolle Prosequi (refusal to prosecute – case number 2007CF487). In another case, Thompson was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful use of a weapon. Those were also dismissed with Nolle Prosequi (case number 2007CF464). There is a pattern developing here with Mike Wepiec, the Jackson County State’s Attorney.
The five people thus far involved in this case, two victims, the renter of the after hours club and the two suspects have over 100 contacts with the criminal justice system. All of them had major felonies. And somehow, they all were walking the streets of Carbondale early Saturday morning. Their paths crossed and a man is dead.
This is simply not acceptable. Violent crime must be prosecuted, and I’d like to know why State’s Attorney Mike Wepsiec twice declined to prosecute Thompson. The Southern Illinoisan tried to contact Wepseic for their article, but wasn’t able to reach him:
Further inquiries were directed to the Jackson County state’s attorney’s office. Efforts to reach State’s Attorney Mike Wepsiec on Monday afternoon were not successful.
Wepsiec needs to explain why he failed to prosecute Thompson. Wepsiec’s term expires after the 2012 elections, and voters need information to make good choices.
I mentioned in a previous post that crime might be an issue in the upcoming Carbondale elections. After this incident, it must. We can’t allow murderous brawls in Carbondale. I’ll want to know how each candidate plans to approach crime.
I linked to the victim’s court records in a previous post. Here are links to the suspect’s records. To see Patrick Greene’s police record, click here. To see Trevis Thompson’s arrest record, click here. The person who is allegedly operating the after hours club has a record too, but I’m not going to post it – at least not unless he becomes a suspect in this case.
Comments are welcome.