Suspects accused in Craigslist killing appear in court

Tyshaune and Tryon Kincade
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Two teen brothers accused in the murder of a man who answered a Craigslist ad for an iPad were in court Tuesday morning.

Tryon Kincade, 22, and his brother Tyshaune Kincade, 18, are charged with murder and robbery. The initial hearing revealed new information about the killing of James Vester and other similar hold-ups detectives suspect the pair pulled off, including one victim who says he's lucky to be alive.

The Kincade brothers' quick trip to court begins a legal journey that could put them in prison for most of their lives. Tryon and and Tyshaune Kincade are each charged with murder and robbery. 

Relatives and acquaintances left the hearing unwilling to talk about the case.

James Vester, a father and Indiana National Guardsman, thought he was buying an iPad advertised on Craigslist. But the meeting was a set-up.

Investigators claim the brothers shot Vester and ran off with his cell phone and car keys.

"You have an innocent victim.  You have somebody at Christmas time of the year who's looking to purchase over Craigslist an item and he's shot for no reason. It's kind of hard to fathom for what, a couple hundred dollars," said Denise Robinson, deputy prosecutor.

The murder happened on December 4th in the middle of the day, shortly before 4:00 pm in the middle of the Wykford Commons Apartments on the city's west side. According to investigators, this may not be the first time the Kincade brothers have used Craigslist to lure someone to rob them.

Court documents provide new information on the murder and other similar armed robberies. Vester was leery of the meeting. He couldn't find a friend to accompany him. He brought a borrowed hand gun.

Calls and texts used to arrange the sale came from cell phones belonging to the Kincades.  Detectives connected the same cell numbers to four previous robberies.

Benjamin Ramey has a vivid memory of an armed robbery that took place the week before the killing of Jim Vester.

"It was frightening.  I just felt really lucky [to get out alive,]" he said.

Ramey saw an iPhone on Craigslist for $250 and arranged a meeting Thanksgiving Day. 

"His words were, 'just give me your money,'" said Ramey.

Or else? 

"There was no 'or.'  He just said, 'give me your money and he held a gun to my head.'" said Ramey. 

The sole gunman, Ramey believes, was Tyshaune Kincade, who ran off with $250.

That was six days before a similar meeting ended Vester's life.

"I feel extremely lucky," Ramey said.

Vester's funeral service was held Monday. He was 32 years old.

Several of Vester's fellow Indiana National Guard soldiers and members of the Kincade family attended today's hearing.