DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — A man is now facing murder charges in connection to the death of a 20-year-old Decatur resident late last year.
A press release from the Decatur Police Department says detectives have charged 25-year-old Tyreco S. Garry with first-degree murder.
Police say around 10 p.m. on Dec. 22 last year, officers responded to a report of gunfire near Church and Leafland streets. They found a man who had been shot.
He was later identified as 20-year-old Jayleon Cummings. Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Coroner Michael Day says Cummings had gunshot wounds on his head and chest.
Detectives say they carried out search warrants, interviewed several people, and analyzed data from numerous sources as part of their investigation.
Police say Garry was already in custody at the Macon County Jail on unrelated charges. Online jail records say he was charged Feb. 18 with violation of parole, resisting or obstructing a police officer, armed violence, and armed habitual criminal.
WCIA reported Feb. 24 that during his arrest, Garry was seen on an officer’s body camera footage pushing police aside and trying to run away. He was found with a gun.
Now, according to officer statements filed with the Macon County Circuit Clerk, Cummings had been parked outside a home in the 200 block of W. Leafland to pick up a stash of guns. Members of the Southside gang had been concerned about increased police activity near that home and thought a raid was going to happen. A male with Cummings got out of the car to pick up the guns. He told officers he heard a stick break and thought someone was around the corner. At first, he thought it was a friend, but then he says he was instead chased back to Cummings’ car by someone firing a weapon. Detectives say nearly 50 shell casings were located near the car.
When Garry was arrested on February 18th, officers obtained his iPhone and got a search warrant for it. They went through texts, finding one that indicated he had located an associate of Cummings who was with him the night he was killed. Garry later sent a video of a car in a parking lot to another person. In the video, someone can be heard reading off the registration on the vehicle. It’s the one Cummings was killed in just hours later. Shortly after the shooting, Garry texted someone saying “Hit made pick up!”
The two people who were with Cummings the night of the murder identified Garry as a suspect. The detective asked one of them how certain he was that it was Garry. He said “100% … I saw that man with my own f***ing eyes.”
The other man who was with Cummings told detectives “I was looking right at him,” and that Garry had been trying to “kill everybody,” even sending threatening Facebook messages.
Investigators say they’re continuing to work on the case and additional arrests are possible. They ask anyone with information to call one of their detectives at 217-424-2734 or Macon County Crime Stoppers at 217-423-TIPS.
The press release adds arrests have now been made in nine of 13 murders that happened in Decatur in 2020.