Caregiver and boyfriend arrested in connection with multi-county homicide (with photos)

By Marshanna Hester

August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM CDT

EUREKA, Ill. -- An area couple has been charged in the death and dismemberment of a 74-year-old man.

They now sit in jail cells in central Illinois following their arrest in Indianapolis, Ind. on Wednesday afternoon.

Vishawn Mills, 24, appeared via video conference in the McLean County Law and Justice center Thursday afternoon.

She is charged with Concealment of a Homicidal Death of suspected victim, Oakley Mitchell.

Woodford and McLean County authorities believe Mills and her boyfriend, Rayshawn Johnson, 23, committed the alleged crime at Mitchell's home in rural Secor, Ill.

"The defendant Rayshawn Lamar Johnson, without lawful justification, with the intent to kill John Doe, another person to be identified, personally discharged a firearm at said John Doe, which caused death of said John Doe," said Woodford County State's Attorney Greg Minger.

Local police did not say why Rayshawn fatally shot Mitchell but according to Indianapolis Police, it was because of a dispute been Mills and Mitchell.

"They, (the suspects) lived with the victim and one of the suspects was a supposed caregiver," said McLean County Lt. John Sandage.

Following the shooting, it is believed the suspects dumped part of Mitchell's body into the Mackinaw River under the Route 251 Highway. Those remains were found Saturday.

Authorities said a passerby saw a vehicle near that area on Friday and called police Sunday after learning from the media what had happened.

"That information along with information gained after the autopsy conducted on Monday, led us to contact the Woodford County Sheriff's Department," said Lt. Sandage. "Information received once we got to the victim's residence, there was information gained that the suspects had ties to the Indianapolis area."

Local police said Indianapolis Police released more details about this case than they would have liked, but they are grateful for their aid in the arrests.

"It's been seven years, I think, since there's been any type of murder at all in the county that we believe, the investigations led to these two individuals and that I believe people should feel safe in Woodford County," said Minger.

Mills remains in the Mclean County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Johnson appeared Friday afternoon in Woodford County court. He is charged with First Degree Murder and faces 45 years to life in prison.  Johnson is next scheduled in court on September 6.