GRANITE CITY — A woman accused in the killing of a Granite City man had dated the victim before beginning a relationship with a man who’s also accused in the death, a family member of the woman said Friday.
Jason A. Thomas, 36, was fatally shot early Wednesday in the 2200 block of Benton Street.
Charged in Thomas’ killing are Kadeem L. Noland, 27, and Kristine N. Mills, 34. Noland lives in the 1400 block of Penrose Street in St. Louis. Mills had lived at the house on Benton where Thomas was slain and Thomas was her former boyfriend, according to Cynthia Mills, who’s Kristine Mills’ stepmother.
Granite City Detective Capt. Nicholas P. Novacich didn’t provide a motive for the slaying.
The Madison County state’s attorney charged Noland with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. Mills was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Mills and Noland were arrested in St. Louis. Novacich said they were being held in the St. Louis city jail, awaiting extradition to Illinois. Once they arrive at the Madison County jail, they will be held without bail.
Relatives of Thomas could not be reached for comment.
Noland is on parole in Missouri after pleading guilty to a 2016 Bridgeton burglary and theft case , according to online court records. He also was sentenced to three years in prison for robbery in St. Louis in 2010.
Madison County court records show Mills was charged in November with two counts of drug possession. Her preliminary hearing in that case is scheduled for Jan. 31.
Court records on Friday didn’t list an attorney representing Noland or Mills in the murder case.
Cynthia Mills told the Post-Dispatch that her stepdaughter and Thomas had dated on and off for years. She said Thomas worked nights cleaning office buildings. Thomas was staying with Kristine Mills at the home on Benton but Mills moved out a few weeks ago to live with Noland, Cynthia Mills said.
She said her stepdaughter had stopped by the home with Noland on Wednesday to get her cat, not expecting Thomas to be there. She claims that Noland is the one who killed Thomas.
“There’s not a hateful bone in Krissy’s body,” Cynthia Mills said. “I want the world to know that she is not a bad person.”
Police have not revealed details of the killing.
Court records show Thomas was charged previously with domestic battery involving Mills.