In the early morning hours on June 8, authorities discovered a deceased person on the side of a Springfield road. The victim was later identified as 48-year-old Shone Swearingin, and police confirmed that his death appeared to be a homicide.
After a brief investigation, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Swearingin was shot to death. Later in the day, they arrested Adam Phillips in connection to the death.
The victim’s autopsy was scheduled for the following day. Officers reported last seeing Swearingin in Springfield around 10:15 P.M. on June 7. Police did have contact with the victim that evening, but they have not yet made public the nature of the police contact with him. Sheriff Arnott explained that the police believe members of the community may have additional information regarding both the victim and suspect that could help them pursue justice in this situation. The circumstances surrounding the victim’s fatal shooting death remain unclear, and police are unsure what the suspect’s motive was behind this tragic and unnecessary death.
While Adam Phillips has been arrested, prosecutors have not yet officially filed charges against the suspect. Some charges have been presented to the prosecutor’s office including the unlawful possession of a gun, first degree murder, committing a criminal action while armed and the abandonment of a corpse. All recommended charges in this case are felonies, so it’s likely that the suspect will serve time if convicted of this crime. He is currently being detained in the Greene County Jail.