Four Facing Murder Charges in Death of Olney Man

Four Facing Murder Charges in Death of Olney Man

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Authorities said over the weekend four people are now facing charges in connection with last month’s shooting death of a 19-year-old Olney man.

State Police said the latest to be indicted in Kyle M. Johnson’s death is 32-year-old Dale E. Boatman of Olney. He was charged Saturday with committing first-degree murder by accountability and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Three others have been charged including a juvenile. Police found Johnson on Sept. 6 with multiple gunshot wounds. He died later at a hospital.

Boatman is accused of agreeing with 33-year-old Tara Haws and 18-year-old Rick Meador to the commission of first-degree murder.  Bond for Boatman was set at $1 million.  He remains in custody in the Richland County Jail at Olney.

Meador is charged with First-Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Murder. Haws is charged with First-Degree Murder by Accountability, and Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Murder, her 16-year-old daughter is charged with First-Degree Murder by Accountability and Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Murder.  All three also remain in custody.

ISP DCI Zone 8 was assisted by the Olney Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Mount Vernon Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, ISP District 12 Patrol, ISP District 13 Patrol, and the United States Marshals in this investigation.

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