ALTON – An Alton teen was charged Friday with murder in the Aug. 8 shooting death of a 41-year-old Alton resident on Oakwood Avenue.
In a press release Friday, Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis investigators said Madison County State’s Attorney Thomas Gibbons charged Aryion E. Sanders, 17, of the 700 block of Oakwood Avenue, with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of James E. Hubbard Jr., 41. The charges allege that the murder was committed after Sanders discharged a firearm, which carries a sentencing range of 45 years to life.
At approximately 2 a.m. Aug. 8, the Alton Police Department received a 911 call reporting a person had been shot in the 700 block of Oakwood Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found Hubbard lying on the road. Hubbard was found to be dead upon the arrival of emergency medical personnel.
The Major Case Squad was requested to investigate the incident by the Alton Police Department. Approximately 25 Major Case Squad investigators from 21 police agencies investigated the case. Major Case Squad detectives followed more than 100 leads while working around the clock investigating Hubbard's death.
The Major Case Squad acknowledged the following agencies that worked in conjunction with the squad during the seven-day investigation: Alton Police Department, Madison County Coroner’s Office, Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, United States Marshals Service, Wood River Police Department, Illinois State Police, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Florissant Police Department, Mo., Berkeley Police Department, Mo., St. Ann Police Department, Mo., St. Louis County Police Department, Alton Housing Authority and Madison County Health Department.
Judge Kyle Napp signed the warrant for Sanders. Bond was set at $500,000.