Grand jury indicts man for murder of Edwardsville couple


Zachary Capers

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – A Madison County grand jury indicted a Collinsville man Thursday for the murder of an Edwardsville couple.

Last month, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged 23-year-old Zachary Capers in the deaths of 79-year-old Michael Ladd and 68-year-old Dr. Lois Ladd.

The Ladds were found stabbed to death inside their home on the morning of Monday, March 18.

Capers was arrested nearly a week later on an outstanding warrant for an unrelated incident. Investigators tied Capers to the murders shortly thereafter.

At the time, Capers was charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

On Thursday, April 11, Capers pleaded not guilty to those charges.

A judge scheduled the trial to begin on May 6.

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