3 charged in connection with deadly Carbondale shooting

David Edwards, Jr. (left) was arrested on a first-degree murder charge and taken to the Jackson...
David Edwards, Jr. (left) was arrested on a first-degree murder charge and taken to the Jackson Co. Jail. Lawrence Abernathy (center) and Anthony Spruille (right) were arrested on charges of obstruction of justice and released on recognizance bonds.(Carbondale Police Department)
Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 3:00 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2022 at 2:17 PM CDT
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - Three men were charged in connection with a murder investigation.

David Edwards, Jr., 29, of Carbondale, was arrested on a first-degree murder charge in the 200 block of North Wall Street.

Investigators say Evans and the victim, identified as 37-year-old John Pruitt, of Chicago, were known acquaintances and had an ongoing dispute.

Officers also arrested 27-year-old Lawrence Abernathy, of Carbondale, and 26-year-old Anthony S. Spruille, of Carterville, during a traffic stop in the area of South Wall Street and East College Street.

They are facing charges of obstruction of justice.

According to Carbondale police, after consulting with the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office, Edwards was taken to the Jackson County Jail. Abernathy and Spruille were released on recognizance bonds.

According to police, officers responded to the 700 block of South Lewis Lane around 1:24 p.m. on Monday, October 3 for a report of shots fired.

Police are investigating a deadly shooting in the 700 block of S. Lewis Lane on Monday...
Police are investigating a deadly shooting in the 700 block of S. Lewis Lane on Monday afternoon, October 3.(KFVS)

Officers found a gunshot victim and learned the suspect fled the scene.

Law enforcement attempted to apply life-saving measures.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Officers later learned the victim did not survive.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carbondale Police Department at 618-549-2121.

According to a Tweet from Southern Illinois University Carbondale police earlier on Monday, residents in the area were asked to shelter in place.

Just after 4 p.m., they said an “all clear” was issued and you could “resume normal activities.”

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, SIU Police Department, Jackson County Coroner’s Office, Jackson County Ambulance Service and the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office all assisted in the investigation.