A Springfield man is dead and a Witt man faces charges of first degree murder after a shooting in Witt on Sunday, Aug. 2.
Jason S. Newell, 36, of Springfield, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner’s office. Allen J. “AJ” Frayer, 30, of Witt, was charged with two counts of first degree murder and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon on Tuesday, Aug. 4. He remains in custody with bond set at $1.5 million.
According to Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins, multiple gunshot wounds from a .22 caliber rifle and wounds from a knife were the cause of death.
A deputy from the sheriff’s office and a Nokomis Police Department officer arrived on scene in Witt at 6:55 p.m. Sunday after a call to 911 gave an incorrect address, and it took several minutes for law enforcement to locate the correct residence at 103 Vermillion Street.
Once there, deputies ordered Frayer and Elise I. Rufus, 18, who both live at the address, out of the house, and located the body of Newell, who had been temporarily staying at the residence, inside.
Both Frayer and Rufus were taken to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for questioning, and Rufus was subsequently released. Multiple interviews occurred throughout the evening and the next day, and the Illinois State Police crime scene investigator processed the scene before Frayer was charged on Tuesday.