Two men accused in separate crimes that set the community of Carthage on edge in the past two years will be in court for hearings on Monday.


Two men accused in separate crimes that set the community of Carthage on edge in the past two years will be in court for hearings on Monday.

Salazar arraignment

Eddie Salazar Sr., 29, Carthage, will be arraigned in Jasper County Circuit Court in front of Circuit Court Judge Gayle Crane on one count of second-degree murder in the February death of his son, Eddie Salazar Jr., 8 months.

The arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Monday.

Salazar Sr. waived his right to a preliminary hearing on March 17 and was bound over for trial. He is being held without bond in the Jasper County Detention Center in Carthage.

Salazar called 9-1-1 and told authorities that two men broke into his home, knocked him unconscious and took the child from the home late on Feb. 4.

The call sparked an intense two-day search for the missing child, including an Amber Alert that police sent out to the public.

After about 36 hours, police said they determined Salazar was lying about the masked intruders.
Searchers found the baby’s body floating in the Spring River east of Carthage at about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6. An autopsy determined the baby died from a skull fracture but they have not revealed how the baby was killed.

Winans motions hearing

Darren Winans, 22, Jasper, is scheduled to appear before Judge Crane for a motions hearing at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Winans, along with Matthew Laurin, 20, Springfield, each face two counts of first degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of first degree burglary in the Oct. 11, 2008, slayings of Bob and Ellen Sheldon at their home just west of Carthage.

Jasper County Prosecutor Dean Dankelson has said he intends to seek the death penalty against both if they are convicted.

Bob Sheldon, 70, and his wife, Ellen Sheldon, 71, were found dead in their home of multiple stab wounds early in the morning on Oct. 12, 2008. Their youngest son, Daniel Sheldon, found the couple in their home on Black Powder Lane west of Carthage.


Investigators said the two were murdered during an attempted burglary at their home.

Winans and Laurin were arrested in July 2009 after a nine-month investigation that left investigators and the Sheldon family frustrated at an apparent lack of leads.

Winans and Laurin remain in custody in the Jasper County Jail.

Separate trials for both men are scheduled for either Nov. 1, 2010, or Feb. 7, 2011.

No hearings are scheduled on the docket for Laurin until Oct. 28, 2010.