Suspect in shooting turns himself in

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Geoffrey Ritter
Carbondale Times

One of the suspects in the Easter morning shooting incident that killed one and injured another has turned himself in to authorities and will make his first court appearance Monday.

John F. Ingram, 21, surrendered himself to authorities at the Jackson County Jail around 7 p.m. Thursday, according to State’s Attorney Mike Carr. Reportedly accompanying Ingram was his attorney, Bryan Drew.

Ingram has been charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm and a second count of aggravated discharge of a firearm. The second count is related to the injury of Nehemiah Greenlee. Facing identical charges is Travis S. Tyler, also 21, although Tyler has not been reported in custody.

Authorities have not yet confirmed what, if any role, Ingram and co-suspect Travis T. Tyler may have played in the death of 41-year-old Tim Beaty, who was found dead in a house adjacent to the party at 402 W. Walnut St. at which the incident occurred. Beaty is not believed to have had any involvement with the party before or after it turned violent.

Beaty, a 41-year-old husband, father and renowned musician in Carbondale, will be honored today and tomorrow during a visitation and funeral services at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. 

Police first responded around 2 a.m. March 27 to reports of shots fired at a house party at 402 W. Walnut St. Upon arriving at the scene, police found party-goers running away from the party in all directions, and they located one individual, purportedly Greenlee, inside the house with a non-life-threatening injury. About an hour after police first responded, investigators found Beaty next door.

In the time since, police have identified three men — all of them students at Southeast Missouri State University — with alleged connections to the incident. In addition to Ingram and Tyler, police earlier this week announced the arrest of Dwayne John Dunn Jr., 21, of St. Louis. On Tuesday, Dunn was formally charged with reckless discharge of a firearm for allegedly shooting a Smith and Wesson handgun into the sky. Dunn faces a preliminary hearing April 21 at the Jackson County Courthouse.