Man charged with first-degree murder in 2020 shooting

Esaiah Escamilla, 23-years-old, is being charged with 19 criminal counts.

Courtesy of DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Esaiah Escamilla, 23-years-old, is being charged with 19 criminal counts.

By Kierra Frazier and Yari Tapia

DeKALB — Esaiah Escamilla, 23-year-old from Montgomery, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder this week after a fatal July 4, 2020, shooting at FasMart gas station, 933 S. Fourth St.

Escamilla was charged with 19 criminal counts for the murder of Chrishun Keeler-Tyus, 29, and attempted first-degree murder.

DeKalb police issued an arrest warrant for Escamilla in July 2020, but Escamilla wasn’t arrested until this week. Escamilla is currently being held without bond at the DeKalb County Jail. If convicted, Escamilla faces 25 years in prison to a life sentence.

On July 4, 2020, DeKalb police arrived at FasMart where two people were shot. Keeler-Tyus was inside FasMart when he and Katrina Edwards, 36, had a disagreement. Katrina then called her husband, Jimmy Edwards, 33, to assist her at the gas station. 

As Keeler-Tyus walked back to his car, Jimmy and Escamilla arrived at the scene in separate vehicles. Multiple shots were fired from Escamilla while he was in the car, according to police. Katrina and Jimmy were both charged with first-degree murder in July 2020. Katrina was also charged with obstructing justice.   

Annette Romano, 50, of DeKalb, was also charged for obstructing justice. The vehicle Escamilla used in the shooting was registered to Romano. Romano was released from the DeKalb County Jail after posting bond in July 2020. 

Escamilla’s next hearing is set for 10 a.m. Thursday via Zoom.