Wanted Cairo man indicted for first degree murder in Carbondale shooting death

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – A man wanted after a 19-year-old man was killed early Sunday morning in Carbondale has been indicted for first degree murder.

Daurice T. Morse, 20, of Cairo was indicted by a Grand Jury in Jackson County for two counts of first degree murder related to the death of 19-year-old Jacob C. Gary of Marion on October 23 in Carbondale.

Jackson County State’s Attorney Joseph A. Cervantez said Thursday that Carbondale Police Department responded to a shooting on October 23 the 200 block of West College Street in Carbondale.

Carbondale police on the scene identified the suspect as Morse. Cervantez presented the case to a Jackson County Grand Jury. An arrest warrant was issued for $2 million.

The Carbondale Police Department is still seeking Morse. He is considered armed and dangerous.

The investigation into the shooting is active and ongoing.

Cervantez said that “video depicts that during this tragic incident, our law enforcement professionals ran toward the chaos and gunshots without hesitation and that the community should be proud to have these officers in uniform.”

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on Oct. 31 by the Marion Police Department in connection to the case. He faces a a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon.

Police say Morse were acquaintances and involved in an ongoing dispute at the time of the shooting.

Carbondale police were conducting foot patrols in the 200 block of West College Street monitoring crowds when a disturbance broke out around 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 23.

Several shots were fired and officers responded to the area. The officers found a person with gunshot wounds and began life saving efforts, according to the Carbondale Police Department.

The Jackson County Ambulance Service transported Gary to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He died from injuries while being treated, according to police.

The warrant for Morse has a $2 million bond.

Anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of Morse is encouraged to call the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200. Morse is considered armed and dangerous. The investigation into the incident is active and ongoing.

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