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Quincy police held suspected shooter before releasing him

July 2, 2015

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Quincy had detained a man accused of killing a 12-year-old boy for 16 hours before releasing him, according to a defense attorney who reviewed the police report.

Officers interrogated Steson L. Crider, 20, but they didn’t have enough evidence to continue holding him in the shooting death of Ray Humphrey Jr., said Police Chief Rob Copley. State law requires probable cause for police to detain suspects, Copley said.

Crider’s half-brother, Stefan K. Crider III, 24, also was held by police and released at the same time, because the pair was together when Sgt. Randy Wheeler pulled him over a day after the shooting on March 29, the police report states.

The information came to light during a pretrial hearing in the obstruction of justice case against Stefan Crider III and his parents, Stefan Crider Jr. and Julia Crider, the Quincy Herald-Whig (http://bit.ly/1emaDIH ) reported.

The brothers were in custody for “a lengthy time,” Copley said. But attorney Drew Schnack, who’s representing the couple, said their sons were held for 16 hours.

“They let them go, and (Steson) went to Arizona,” Schnack said. “The cops let them go after watching them all day.”

Crider has since been charged with first-degree murder in the seventh-grader’s death.

His father, stepmother and half-brother have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice. All three have pleaded not guilty.

Stefan Crider Jr. and Julia Crider were scheduled to go to trial this month, but a judge granted a request from the prosecution to continue the case until next month.

“We are ready for trial,” Schnack told the judge. “We have gone over 500 pages of police reports and between 200 and 300 pages of grand jury testimony. We have gone through an unbelievable amount of DVDs that support the testimony. We’ve had this for half of the time that the state has had it, and we are ready for trial.”

Steson Crider is being held at the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond, and Stefan Crider III is being held on $100,000 bond.

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Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, http://www.whig.com

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