NORTH VERNON — The Jennings County man who was arrested in Monday afternoon’s fatal shooting had a personal connection to the victim, a North Vernon neighbor said Tuesday.
Donald R. Williams, 57, of Commiskey, is the father of the victim’s companion and the grandfather of the couple’s child, neighbor Tom Updike said.
Updike said Jeremy Moore, 24, who was killed in the shooting, had moved into Brittany D. Spicer’s home at 309 Franklin St. within the past year. Together, they had an infant daughter, Updike said.
Police said that just before the shooting, Williams and Moore had been arguing in the front yard of the residence on Franklin Street where Moore and Spicer lived.
Williams was arrested on a charge of reckless homicide in connection with Monday’s 12:22 p.m. shooting.
An autopsy conducted Tuesday at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour confirmed Moore died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, Jennings County Coroner Eugene Rudicel said.
The coroner said he has ordered toxicology tests on Moore to determine whether drugs or other substances were in his system. Rudicel said such test results are usually available within 30 to 45 days but sometimes can take as long as 60 days.
Williams was held overnight, then released from the Jennings County Jail on Tuesday by paying a cash bond of $2,605, according to jail officials.
The North Vernon Police Department is reviewing previous police responses to the home for domestic disturbances or other reasons, North Vernon Police Lt. Randall Marshall said.
However, Marshall said police haven’t released a motive for the shooting because they’re still conducting interviews and trying to collect additional pertinent information.
“We also are attempting to get subpoenas to get records we think are relevant,” Marshall said. “We’re not even close to wrapping this investigation up.”
After Moore first moved in with Spicer, he expressed a desire that he wanted to support Spicer and her children, Updike said.
However, Moore had remained unemployed and spent his days taking care of his daughter and Spicer’s two young sons from an earlier marriage, Updike said.
Williams and his wife were frequently asked to come to the house, Updike said. He estimated that Williams and his wife had been to the house 10 to 15 times in the past four to five weeks.
“They wanted to protect their daughter and their grandchildren,” Updike said.
Updike was in his home across the street when the shooting took place.
Updike said he walked outside and saw Moore on the ground with Williams standing over him. Updike said he talked to Williams moments later.
“Don said (Moore) came at him, shoved him and hit him prior to the shooting,” Updike said.
Neighbor Sonya Lewis called Williams a compassionate and concerned parent and grandfather.
She described Moore as usually quiet, mellow and nonconfrontational.