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Man charged in Waterloo shooting death

By on January 13, 2019 at 10:14 am

Kyle Roider

A 30-year-old Waterloo man has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery in connection with the shooting death of a 35-year-old Fults man in the 100 block of North Church Street in Waterloo.

Kyle Roider was arrested Friday night in Millstadt at the home of an acquaintance. Roider made his first court appearance Monday morning before Monroe County Circuit Clerk Judge Dennis Doyle, entering a plea of not guilty.

The Waterloo Police Department responded along with Monroe County EMS to Roider’s residence at 107 North Church Street shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, where a man was found unresponsive in the basement. The man, identified by the Monroe County Coroner’s Office as Steven P. Becker, 35, of Fults, was pronounced deceased a short time later.

“The nature of death appeared suspicious and a death investigation was initiated,” Waterloo Police Chief Mike Douglas stated in a press release.

“The death investigation conducted at the scene indicated that Mr. Becker died as a result of a homicide,” Monroe County Coroner Bob Hill stated in a press release.  “An autopsy conducted on Sunday morning confirmed that Mr. Becker died as a result of a homicide.”

Becker was shot once in the leg and once in the head, court information states.

Waterloo police are being assisted in the investigation by the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and Columbia Police Department. Millstadt police and the St. Clair County Special Response Team provided assistance with apprehending Roider, who gave himself up voluntarily.

“Columbia and the (Monroe County) Sheriff’s Department lent investigators and they continue to assist with the ongoing investigation,” said Monroe County State’s Attorney Chris Hitzemann.

A 911 call Friday afternoon by a mutual acquaintance led to the discovery of Becker’s body in Roider’s basement at about 3 p.m. Becker was last seen early Wednesday, and police believe he was killed sometime that day.

Pictured is the residence at 107 N. Church Street in Waterloo where the crime is alleged to have occurred. (Kermit Constantine photo)

“We’re hoping there may be some video evidence pulled from a couple different sources” to help determine a more precise time of death, Hitzemann said.

Hitzemann would not comment at this time on any possible motive associated with this case or as to whether the firearm used in Becker’s death was recovered.

The charge of first degree murder is non-probationable and carries a sentence of 20-60 years, all of which must be served. Because Roider is charged with a death resulting from the discharge of a firearm, there is an additional charge of 25 years to life in prison, which must be served consecutive to any other sentence.

The charge of aggravated battery is also non-probationable and carries a sentence of six to 30 years, 85 percent of which must be served.

“At this point I haven’t filed any other charges against any additional parties,” Hitzemann said. “But the investigation may lead to the filing of additional charges.”

Roider, who is being represented by attorney TJ Matthes from the St. Louis law firm of Rosenblum, Schwartz & Fry, is being held without bond in the Monroe County Jail in Waterloo. His next court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 7.

“We look forward to defending Kyle against these accusations,” Matthes told the Republic-Times. “Unfortunately I can’t comment further at this time since it’s a pending case and ongoing investigation.”

To read Becker’s obituary, click here.

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.