Suspect facing murder charges after allegedly hitting Springfield man with car
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
A man accused of assaulting a 70-year-old Springfield man is now facing first-degree murder charges.
The Sangamon County States Attorney‘s office filed three first-degree murder charges against Andrew Brady, 27, Thursday afternoon.
The judge set his bond at $2 million.
According to court records, the suspect allegedly struck 70-year-old Albert Cole with a vehicle on Tuesday.
“If he wasn’t there at that time, I believe that Mr. Cole would be alive today,” Lieutenant Brian Oakes of the Springfield Police Department said.
“This was a truly senseless act of violence that resulted in the loss of life and my heart goes out to the victims family,” said Dan Wright with the First Assistant States Attorney.
In addition to three murder counts, Brady is facing two counts of aggravated battery.
“He’s charged with striking The victim with a motor vehicle causing the death of the victim,” Wright said.
Police said they believe the two were also involved in a physical fight.
They don’t think Cole and Brady knew each other prior to the altercation.
“From people at the scene, from witnesses, there was an altercation between the victim and another male-white who was identified as the suspect, Andrew Brady” Oakes said. “There were punches thrown.”
Please are still investigating a motive, but said it’s possible the victim witness Brady do something illegal.
“This was a chance encounter,” Oakes said. “It was a very, very unfortunate incident and our hearts go out to the victim and his family, but again, chance encounter. Victim at the wrong place at definitely the wrong time.”
Brady is scheduled to be back in court on December 28.
If convicted, he’s facing up to 60 years in prison.