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Suspect charged in Monday homicide in Collinsville

By Pat Pratt

Charges have been announced against one of potentially three suspects in a homicide Monday in Collinsville.   

Madison County state’s attorneys on Thursday charged 16-year-old Isiah T. Jenkins in adult court with two counts of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.   

Isiah T. Jenkins

Court records show Jenkins is currently in custody on $5 million bond. Judicial assignment as of Friday morning was pending and an initial appearance had not been set. 

Collinsville Police in a news release said officers were dispatched about 7 p.m to the 200 block of North Seminary to a call of  shots fired. Upon their arrival, officers observed a person with gunshots on the sidewalk.

Collinsville paramedics attempted life-saving procedures, but were unsuccessful. The Madison County Coroner pronounced the victim dead at the scene of the incident. He was later identified as Vaeden Hawkes, according to charging documents. 

Charging documents filed in the case read that Jenkins discharged a firearm, striking Hawkes in the body, causing his death. The firearm allegedly used in the crime, a Glock 9mm handgun, was allegedly found to be stolen. Jenkins was also too young to possess such a weapon in public. 


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