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A Springfield man has been charged with first-degree murder for his suspected role in the Dec. 4, 2021 fatal shooting in southeast Springfield. The man is also suspected in another nonfatal shooting that happened on Aug. 18, 2021.

According to a release, the Springfield Police Department Homicide Unit identified Darius Adams, 26, from Springfield, as a suspect in both cases. He was arrested on Monday and booked into the Greene County Jail.

Adams was charged with 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault and two counts of Armed Criminal Action. He is being held without bond.

According to a news release, Springfield police responded around 10:41 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2021 to CoxHealth Medical Center South in reference to 911 calls reporting shots fired and a person injured on the scene.

When officers arrived, they located the victim, who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds, on the parking lot in front of the address. The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries but survived and was later released from the hospital.

Then at 11:07 p.m. on December 4, 2021, Springfield police responded to 2215 S. Fremont Ave in reference to 911 calls of shots being fired in the area. Officers arrived on the scene and located the victim in front of the address, who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as Trevor J. Hale, 41, of Springfield was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Hale’s family was notified.

The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office cautions that the charges contained in the felony complaint are merely allegations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court, the release said.

Detectives continue to investigate and ask that anyone who has information about either incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).

Jackie Rehwald

Jackie Rehwald is a reporter at the Hauxeda. She covers public safety, the courts, homelessness, domestic violence and other social issues. Her office line is 417-837-3659. More by Jackie Rehwald