Charges Filed In Double Homicide

Schallert, Ferris Charged With First Degree Murder

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Jeff Stensland

FRANKLIN CO., IL - The two people wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of two local women are now in custody and charged with murder  U.S. Marshals arrested Michael Schallert and Afton Ferris in Fort Collins, CO, Wednesday night.

Both Schallert and Ferris are now charged in the deaths of Terri Ann Seibeck, 32, and Kandis Rechelle Majors, 28, both of West Frankfort, Ill.  The Franklin County State's Attorney held a news conference Thursday morning to announce the arrests.  Michael Schallert, 29, and Afton Ferris, 19, were picked up in a mobile home in Fort Collins, CO, around 11pm CDT Wednesday.

West Frankfort Police found Seibeck Majors shot to death in their home Monday afternoon.  Both were mothers of two.  Majors was studying to be an X-ray technician at Rend Lake College.  Seibeck was a self-employed painter.

Investigators say they thought Ferris and Schallert would head back west.  Both are from Wyoming, but it turns out family members helped police pinpoint them in Colorado.

The crime scene tape is now gone, but neighbors have remained on alert since learning that police wanted to find these two people.  Now that they are caught, neighbors like Charles Walters are breathing easier.

"I think my mom and them can sleep better now because they are in custody," Walters said.  "They don't have to worry about it and everything."

Walters' parents live within sight of Terri Seibeck and Kandis Majors' home.  Walters used to work with Michael Schallert, who is also known as "Mexican Mike."  He says Schallert had a temper, but didn't think schallert was capable of killing someone.  Franklin County State's Attorney Tom Dinn is confident Schallert and his girlfriend, Afton Ferris, shot Seibeck and Majors several times in their West Frankfort home.  U.S. Marshals found the couple hiding in a mobile home near Fort Collins, CO.

"In fact, I think this trailer was owned by an acquaintance," Dinn says.  "That was developed by leads by the u.s. Marshal's service."

Several relatives tell Local 6 both Schallert and Ferris were staying with the victims just before the shootings.

"I've been worried about my family," Walker says.  "They live close by, so I didn't know what to do."

Walters wasn't sure if Schallert and Ferris left town, or if they'd strike again.  By Wednesday morning, local police were certain the two had gone.  Within hours of asking the U.S. Marshals for help, both were behind bars.

"Literally, evidence is being processed and taken as we speak, and has been on an almost continuous basis since we found out about this," Dinn says.

All in an effort, Dinn says, to figure out exactly who killed the two women.  Both Schallert and Ferris are being held on $2 million bond each.  They could be back in our area in the next week or two.

Funeral services for Kandis Majors will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Pyle Funeral Home in Johnston City, IL.  Services for Terri Seibeck are scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin, IL.

UPDATE 10/22/09 10:50 A.M. 
FORT COLLINS, CO - Franklin County, Illinois State's Attorney Tom Dinn says the two persons of interest in a double homicide case in West Frankfort were arrested. Afton Ferris and Michael Schallert were captured in a moblie home in Fort Collins, Colorado last night at 11:00 P.M.. Dinn says a tip lead US Marshalls to the home. Murder charges have not been filed but Dinn expects to have those charges filed by the end of the day.

State’s Attorney Tom Dinn says the two have been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and are being held on one hundred thousand dollar bond.  Dinn expects first degree murder charges to be filed by the end of the day Thursday, but no later than Monday.  West Frankfort Police Chief Jeff Tharp and Captain Mike Dinn are headed to Fort Collins to interview Ferris and Schallert and begin efforts to bring them back to Illinois

 

UPDATE 10/20/09 4:34 P.M.
WEST FRANKFORT, IL - West Frankfort Police Chief Jeff Tharp says Terri Ann Siebeck, 32, and Kandis Majors, 28, were shot multiple times in their home in the 200 block of N. Douglas Monday.

They are believed to be driving a 2003 tan four-door Chevrolet Impala. It has an Illinois license plate number G89 3639.

Police are looking for a man and woman named as persons of interest in the shooting deaths of Seireck and Majors.  The man's name is Michael Schallert, 29, who also goes by the name "Mexican Mike."  Police say the woman is Afton Ferris, 19.  Both are originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Both were found dead inside a West Frankfort home on Douglas Street Monday afternoon. 

UPDATE - 10/20/09 11:40 A.M. 
WEST FRANKFORT, IL - We now know the names of two women killed yesterday in southern Illinois. Autopsies will be conducted today on 32-year-old Terri Ann Siebeck and 28-year-old Kandis Majors at the Carmi-White County Morgue.

 

Neighbors say Siebeck and Majors kept to themselves most of the time, but were always there to help.  Autopsies were performed on Siebeck and Majors at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Carmi-White County Morgue.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Investigators cleared the scene at 213 N. Douglas just before 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, about 24 hours after discovering Majors and Siebeck dead on the floor.  Siebeck and Majors lived in the home. One of their bicycles still sits where they left it; a symbol of how sudden the lives of everyone around them changed.

Police are looking Afton Ferris, 19, and Michael Anthony Schallert, 29, who also goes by "Mexican Mike."  Investigators describe the two as persons of interest in the case.  Police believe they are driving a stolen 2003 tan four-door Chevrolet Impala with Illinois plates G89 3639.  Chief Tharp says Ferris and Schallert could be heading to their native Wyoming. 

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