INDIANAPOLIS — Two brothers accused of murder in the death of a National Guardsman shot while trying to buy an iPad on Craigslist also had in their possession property belonging to others who said they were robbed while answering ads they saw on the website, police said.
Tryon Kincade, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, both of Indianapolis, were formally charged Tuesday with murder and robbery in the Dec. 4 shooting death of 32-year-old James Vester of Lizton, 25 miles northwest of Indianapolis. Not guilty pleas were entered for them. The brothers told a judge they planned to hire their own attorneys.
Vester, a Yorktown High School graduate, was assigned in 2002 to the former 138th Signal Battalion in Anderson.
WTHR-TV reported relatives of the two men attended the hearing but declined to talk to the media.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the brothers denied a cellphone used to set up the meeting with Vester and other victims belonged to them. But police say the Kincade brothers' mother, Markeasha Taylor, had the number on her cell phone with a photo of Tryon Kincade displayed with it, and she said the number was his. She told police she used it to talk to her son on the day of the shooting.
At least four others told police they had attempted to buy items they saw advertised on Craigslist using the same telephone Vester had called to set up a meeting and were robbed at gunpoint by two men.
The Kincades were being held in the Marion County Jail without bond.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Vester, who served a year in Iraq, was concerned about going to an apartment complex on the west side of Indianapolis because it was "pretty rough." He asked a co-worker and others to go with him, but no one could go. Police said he borrowed a gun from a friend.
Several witnesses saw Vester arrive and reported hearing gun shots soon after, the affidavit said.
WISH-TV reported that Vester's wife, Jamie, issued a release Tuesday describing him as a "wonderful husband, father, son, brother, friend, soldier."
"I want to focus on all of the good Jim brought to this world and not focus on the people who did this to him," she said.