WITT, Ill. (WAND) - A murder charge has been filed against a suspect in a Witt shooting that left a Springfield man dead.
Authorities charged Allan J. Frayer, 30, with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon in connection to the death of 36-year-old Jason S. Newell. His bail is set at $1.5 million in Montgomery County.
At 6:37 p.m. Sunday, Montgomery County deputies responded to a report of someone getting shot in Witt. Montgomery County and Nokomis law enforcement arrived in the area at 6:55 p.m. and found the correct address, 103 Vermillion St., after searching for several minutes.
Deputies said they ordered two people, including Frayer, out of the house and detained them. Law enforcement then went inside and found Newell's body. The Montgomery County coroner pronounced Newell dead at the scene.
The victim was temporarily staying at the house where the shooting happened, authorities said.
Authorities kept Frayer in custody after his arrest and released the second person after questioning.
On Monday, authorities were considering the case a "homicide involving a firearm." Newell died from multiple gunshots from a .22 caliber rifle and knife wounds, per a Tuesday press release.
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