KMOV-TV, October 17, 2018
Officers from Alton and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 200 block of West Delmar Avenue just before noon Tuesday, where Eldon “Twirp” Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
Police took a suspect into custody at the time, and Wednesday charged Donald M. Nelson with three counts of murder in Williams’ killing, as well as attempted robbery, trespassing, and unlawful possession of a gun by a felon.
At this point the killing appears random.
Investigators believe he was at the home, which was recently put up for sale, to check the lock boxes.
“It’s kind of a cliche, but he was a true asset to the Godfrey community,” said friend Matt Horn, who also works at Landmark Realty. “We here at Landmark are totally numb about what happened here today as is everyone in the community.”