DECATUR — The search for a murder suspect continues even as an accomplice who never fired a shot appeared in court Wednesday facing five counts of first-degree murder.
Keirsean M. Bond, 26, entered a plea of not guilty in Macon County Circuit Court in the Nov. 18 shooting death of Todd Daniel Feldkamp of Effingham. Prosecutors said Feldkamp, 48, came to Decatur bringing cannabis to sell in a drug deal and was instead robbed and shot dead. Another Effingham man who came with him was also shot and wounded.
Bond is accused of taking part in the crime, but he was not the triggerman, prosecutors and police acknowledged, and the search to find the shooter hasn’t let up.
“We still have witnesses to speak to and individuals that may have information that will lead to another arrest; the investigation is ongoing,” detective Sgt. Steve Carroll said when asked later about the search.
He said the police had received little help from the public and few tips. Anyone with information can call police at (217) 424-2734 or Crime Stoppers at (217) 423-8477.
During Wednesday’s arraignment hearing for Bond, police detective Jason Kuchelmeister said Bond’s unknown accomplice did the shooting, although both men grabbed the cannabis afterwards and fled. Bond is also denying two counts of armed robbery.
“Is there any question Mr. Bond was not identified as the shooter?” asked defense attorney Monroe McWard. “He was not identified as the shooter, correct,” replied Kuchelmeister.
Macon Assistant State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke said the “theory of the state’s case” in charging Bond with murder is taken from Illinois Supreme Court rulings that say those who work together to commit crime are responsible for the act of any fellow individuals involved. Bond may not have shot anyone, she said, but he is just as guilty as the suspect who did.
Police learned of Bond’s involvement from the surviving Effingham man who accompanied Feldkamp. He managed to escape the backyard shooting scene in the 1600 block of North Edward Street with an arm wound.
Kuchelmeister said the survivor told police the drug deal for a “felony amount” of cannabis had been set up via a Snapchat conversation and later identified Bond from a Facebook account.
Kuchelmeister also told the court that Bond helped set up the drug deal.
“He escorted both victims to the rear of this house and was present while both were shot,” he added.
Judge Phoebe S. Bowers found probable cause to arraign Bond on the charges. Bond, who is in the Macon County Jail on $5 million bond, had a pretrial hearing scheduled for Dec. 18.