Son: Retiree’s generosity perhaps factor in death

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Oakley Mitchell was a frail retiree who often helped the downtrodden, even inviting strangers to his central Illinois farm to live and work.

His son believes it was that generosity that led to his 74-year-old father’s death.

Prosecutors allege that 23-year-old Rayshawn Johnson killed Mitchell, and then with the help of his girlfriend, 24-year-old Vishawn Mills, disposed of the elderly man’s remains across two counties. Mitchell had taken in Mills, who is licensed in Indiana as a nurse’s aide.

The suspects remain jailed. Their attorneys and relatives didn’t return messages for comment.

No details have been released about a possible motive or what specifically led investigators to the pair. But Mitchell’s son, Tom Mitchell, says items were missing from his father’s home. He believes a confrontation may have turned violent.

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