DECATUR — Prosecutors acknowledge that Decatur man Keirsean M. Bond never fired a shot on the night of Nov. 18, but they say he is as guilty of murder and attempted murder as the unknown gunman who did pull the trigger.
Bond, 26, is pleading not guilty to the first-degree murder of Effingham man Todd Daniel Feldkamp, 48, and the attempted murder of Scottie Bone, 25, in a Macon County Circuit Court trial that began Monday.
Prosecutors say Bond lured the two men to Decatur to complete a drug deal, but the real plan was to rob and murder them. Bond also pleaded not guilty to a charge of armed robbery.
Prosecuting, Assistant Macon County State’s Attorneys Kate Kurtz and Stacey Turner told the jury the hunt for the actual gunman continues. She said Bone, described as a drug dealer from Effingham, has been shown six photo lineups so far but hasn’t recognized the face of the hooded killer he only saw at night.
But glancing at Bond in the courtroom, Kurtz said he was the man who set the crime in motion. “It was this defendant who is responsible and guilty of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery,” she added.
Defense attorneys Monroe McWard and Mark Kevin Wykoff urged the jury not to lose sight of the fact that that their client isn’t accused of firing a shot. McWard said there was no objective proof Bond was there and no evidence tying him to the murder, attempted murder and robbery.
“We believe that after you’ve had a chance to listen to the state’s evidence, the cross-examination, we will show that the state has not been able to prove its case,” McWard said.
Outlining the prosecution’s version of how the crime unfolded, Kurtz said Bone and Feldkamp arrived in Decatur the night of Nov. 18 with four pounds of cannabis they were going to sell at $3,000 a pound.
Bone had arranged the deal with Bond, Kurtz said, because the two had become friends while serving time in a state prison “boot camp” and Bone trusted him. Kurtz said Bone also had $5,000 with him he was planning to spend on buying more drugs. That cash was stolen along with the cannabis, she said.
Kurtz said Bone thought he was meeting Bond at the man’s Decatur home, but instead was lured to the backyard of an empty house in the 1600 block of North Edward Street where the gunman, who had accompanied Bond, opened fire.
The trial continues today(Tuesday).