(Madison County Sheriff’s Office)

Police say alleged double-homicide suspect was already in custody for another crime

March 19, 2019 - 4:37 pm

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX/AP) updated after 5 p.m. press conference - The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says the man who allegedly murdered two people in Edwardsville was already detained by police on a separate issue.

Police say 23-year-old Zachary Capers, of Collinsville, was acting strange when he was arrested Sunday on a separate warrant. Then, a Southern Illinois husband and wife were found dead in their home Monday morning – and police found the suspect was already in custody. 

A prosecutor says the killings likely happened late Saturday. They plan to seek life in prison.

Authorities say the bodies of 68-year-old Lois Ladd and her husband, 79-year-old Michael Ladd, a contractor, were found early Monday in their Edwardsville home. Police went to the home at the request of an employee of Lois Ladd, a chiropractor. Police say the Ladd's were victims of a homicide.

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Major Case Squad deputy commander Jeff Connors declined to provide information regarding a possible motive or other details of the crime, including how the two were killed. Authorities are encouraging local residents with information about the couple's whereabouts in recent days to contact authorities.

Connors says investigators are desperately asking for help from the public to solve the crime.

Lois Ladd's practice included chiropractic services, pain management and acupuncture.