By Nick Walton
Bond was set at $1 million Tuesday for a man accused of killing his father over the weekend.
Christopher L. Myers appeared in the Champaign County Municipal Court via video arraignment and remained at the Tri-County Regional Jail as of Tuesday afternoon. Myers is charged with two counts of murder and felonious assault in connection to the death of his father, Jerald Myers, found dead inside his residence at 536 S. Kenton St.
Urbana police responded to the residence at 8:55 p.m. Sunday on a report of a death at the location. A court statement filed in the municipal court states that Jerald Myers was found dead on the floor of a bedroom with cuts to his body, facial area and obvious trauma to his head area.
Law enforcement went outside the residence and found Christopher Myers sitting on a chair in the back porch area. Officers noted the defendant had blood on his clothing, arms and face. Before he was asked questions, Christopher Myers looked at an officer and told him that he needed an attorney. He was taken into custody.
Investigators discovered that Christopher and Jerald Myers were the only two people at the residence during the incident. The court statement notes that Christopher Myers claimed he was attacked by his father and this was why he had blood on him, according to witnesses.
Signs of a struggle inside the residence were discovered when the death scene was processed.
No plea was entered during Tuesday’s hearing and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3. Christopher Myers requested to be represented by attorney Ronald Tompkins after two of his other choices were not available.
Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi was at the hearing and asked the court to set the bond at $1 million as the defendant wielded a knife in the commission of the offense, the nature of the offense and his criminal background.
Christopher Myers, 38, is charged with felonious assault and domestic violence for actions against his brother Brian Myers during the discovery of the crime. A court statement states that Christopher Myers picked up an ax and chased his brother off the back porch, swinging the ax and yelling “you want something too mother (expletive)?”
Talebi mentioned that Christopher Myers has a history of violent convictions including assault, domestic violence, menacing and other charges.
The complaint detailing his alleged actions against his brother states that Christopher Myers was convicted of three previous domestic violence charges, including two in the Champaign County Common Pleas Court.
He was indicted in April 1998 in relation to an incident to which he pleaded guilty in September of the same year to domestic violence and attempted aggravated riot. Christopher Myers was placed on community control for three years.
In 2006, a grand jury indicted him for felonious assault and aggravated assault stemming from a July 2006 incident at the South Kenton Street residence. A municipal court statement states that Christopher Myers threatened to stab a man and slashed at the victim with a knife.
He pleaded guilty to assault and carrying a concealed weapon in December 2006 and was placed on community control for another three-year period in February 2007.
He was indicted in August 2008 for domestic violence stemming from an incident in which he grabbed a woman by the throat, shoved her into a wall, then threw her to the ground. He was placed on community control for another three-year period in December 2008 and was ordered to complete a residential program at West Central Community Based Correctional Facility.
After violating multiple community control conditions between September 2010 and September 2011, Christopher Myers was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Oct. 3, 2011. One of the conditions the court noted he had violated was having contact with his father.
Christopher Myers was indicted in Clark County in March 2009 for passing bad checks before the case was dismissed later that year.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 220 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.