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Court documents: Man shot in face, killed on front porch while holding baby

Tavious Tipler was charged in connection with the homicide of Airious Darling. (Source: Cape Girardeau PD) Tavious Tipler was charged in connection with the homicide of Airious Darling. (Source: Cape Girardeau PD)
(Source: KFVS 12 Nick Chabarria) (Source: KFVS 12 Nick Chabarria)
Police have identified Airious Darling as the man found shot to death on the front porch of a Cape Girardeau home on Thursday night. (Source: Cape Girardeau PD/Facebook) Police have identified Airious Darling as the man found shot to death on the front porch of a Cape Girardeau home on Thursday night. (Source: Cape Girardeau PD/Facebook)
Maishael Miles was charged in connection with a robbery at the home on Locust St. in January. (Source: Cape Girardeau PD) Maishael Miles was charged in connection with a robbery at the home on Locust St. in January. (Source: Cape Girardeau PD)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Court documents from the Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney's office reveal a man shot and killed on a front porch on Thursday, March 31 had been holding a baby and was not believed to be the intended target.

Airious D. Darling, 28, was found shot to death on the front porch of a home at 612 Locust.

Tavious L. Tipler, 19, of Cape Girardeau was charged with first degree murder, armed criminal action and first degree endangering the welfare of a child. His bond was set at $500,000 cash only.

According to Cape Girardeau police, Tipler was taken into custody on April 2 for second degree robbery, which allegedly occurred between Jan. 1-15 at 612 Locust in Cape Girardeau.

Police say the shooting happened around 9:19 p.m. on Thursday.

According to court documents, just after 9 p.m. police arrived at the home on Locust Street after a call reporting a man shot on the front porch. Police say they found Darling dead from what appeared to be a gunshot to the face.

Police say they also found one spent bullet casing, believed to be from the bullet that killed Darling.

According to court documents, police learned Darling did not live at the home, but did live within walking distance. The documents state Darling is a friend of the home owner and had been babysitting the home owner's one-year-old daughter that evening.

When Darling was in the process of returning the child to the home, police say he was killed on the front porch. They say no one was home at the time of the shooting.

According to the probable cause statement, officers were able to talk to the home owner and believe he was the actual target for the shooting.

The home owner allegedly told officers that between Jan. 1 and Jan. 15 he was robbed at the home.

According to court documents, he told officers that during the robbery, three men forced their way into the home where they allegedly assaulted him and robbed him.

The home owner reported that just weeks before Darling's murder, he allegedly saw one of the suspects walking on the street. He allegedly identified Tavious Tipler as the suspect.

He allegedly talked to Tipler about the robbery and "told Tipler that he knew who Tipler was." He alleged told Tipler he recognized him as one of the suspects who allegedly robbed him.

The man told officers he believed Tipler intended to shoot him in retaliation, but that Tipler allegedly shot and killed Darling while Darling was on his front porch and holding his daughter.

Officers also talked to Tipler's girlfriend.

She allegedly told them she bought a handgun and multiple magazines the day before the murder, including one extended magazine.

According to court documents, she told officers she found the gun was missing on the morning of the murder.

Officers say the gun is allegedly the same caliber as what was believed to have been used to commit the murder.

During the interview, the woman allegedly admitted to officers that Tipler told her he shot a man and maybe killed him.

According to court documents, officers interviewed several witnesses.

One witness claimed to been walking down Locust Street and saw a man walking up to the home at 612 Locust St. The witness said the man was holding a child as he walked up the front porch steps.

The witness said he saw Tipler allegedly walking in the direction of the home. He claimed to have heard one gunshot, ran back to the home and allegedly saw a man laying on the front porch of the home.

The witness allegedly told officers he saw a baby on the front porch near the man's body.

Another witness claimed to be with Tipler at the time of the murder.

According to officers, that witness told them they were aware of a prior confrontation between Tipler and the home owner.

The witness and Tipler were allegedly walking in the area of the murder when he told officers Tipler allegedly walked toward the home on Locust St. Moments later, the witness said he heard a single gunshot. He said he then ran from the area.

According to court documents, a third witness claimed Tipler allegedly confessed to shooting and killing Darling. Tipler allegedly told the witness that he walked up to the porch and shot Darling in the face while Darling was holding a baby.

Tipler allegedly said his intended target was the home owner, but that he made a mistake and shot the wrong person.

Tipler then allegedly showed the witness the gun allegedly used to kill Darling.

Officers say the witness' description of the gun was consistent with the spent casing found at the murder scene.

In addition to Tipler's arrest, police say Maishael A. Miles, 18, of Sikeston was arrested for second degree robbery in connection with the incident in January on Locust. Her bond was set at $50,000 cash only.

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