DECATUR — A jury late Thursday afternoon convicted Keirsean M. Bond of Decatur of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.
The Macon County Circuit Court jury returned its verdict at 4:15 p.m. after deliberating for seven hours. Bond, 26, will be sentenced July 11 and faces 20 to 60 years in prison.
The convictions relate to the shooting death of Todd Daniel Feldkamp, 48, and the shooting and wounding of Scottie Bone, 25, both from Effingham. They had come to Decatur the night of Nov. 18 to do a drug deal with Bond and were shot by a hooded gunman who accompanied Bond when the men met in the backyard of an empty house in the 1600 block of North Edward Street.
Prosecutors never accused Bond of being the actual gunman, who is still sought by police. But prosecutors also said Bond set up the drug deal and gun ambush of the Effingham men and was just as guilty as the gunman.
The jury added stipulations to its verdicts, however, saying that first-degree murder and attempted first degree murder allegations that Bond was armed with a firearm were not proven.
If the jury had decided that Bond was guilty of committing first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder involving his use of a firearm, it would have added another 15 years to each conviction — and to be served consecutively — to his total sentence.
The trial began Monday, and Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz said it centered on Bond’s desire to “make a quick buck.” He met Bone in 2015 when they were bunk mates in a prison boot camp facility and had stayed in touch, she said.
Bone said he had drugs to sell and arranged to meet Bond for a deal in which he was to sell 4 pounds of cannabis for $3,000 a pound. Bone said he thought he was meeting Bond at his Decatur home and had brought his “father figure” friend Feldkamp along because “we just went everywhere together.”
Once in the backyard, however, Bond’s accomplice pulled a handgun and started shooting, the prosecution said. Bone, testifying on the second day of the trial, broke down in tears as he described the gunman calmly shooting Feldkamp in the chest before turning the weapon on Bone and wounding him in the arm. Bone said the gunman then turned back to Feldkamp and shot him again as he lay helpless on the ground.
Defense attorney Monroe McWard tried to convince the jury there was no evidence implicating his client except the word of Bone, whom he described as a “convicted drug dealer” who kept changing details of his story.
Commenting after the hearing, McWard said Bond would be appealing the verdict.
“We’re disappointed in the verdict,” he said. “And we’re surprised the jury as able to sustain convictions based on a lack of objective evidence.”