The girlfriend of a fugitive wanted on murder charges in Pulaski County is in custody, facing charges of hindering prosecution.
Kaneisha Huff, 25, of Devils Elbow is being held on a $250,000 bond for her alleged involvement in helping Richard Romel Taylor, 43, flee Pulaski County to Illinois after being charged with murder, assault and armed criminal action in connection to a shooting that left two dead and two injured on Jan. 11.
Taylor is believed to have fled Pulaski County shortly after the shooting. He has not been located. A second suspect, Jamel L. Holt, 34, described by law enforcement as a person of interest, has also managed to elude law enforcement. Holt is believed to maintain ties to Pulaski County and the St. Louis area.
According to court documents, Huff was identified as the girlfriend of Richard Taylor during the course of the investigation following the shooting. She was later found driving a white Mazda registered to her and Taylor on Jan. 12. During initial questioning Huff denied being with Taylor at any time after the shooting on Jan. 11 or Jan. 12. She also told officers she did not know where Taylor was and had not been to Illinois during that time period.
Huff allegedly changed her story after the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department obtained surveillance video from a Road Ranger truck stop in Kawville, Illinois. The video footage showed Taylor and Huff "inside the vehicle together,” the court document stated. An employee of Road Ranger was able to positively identified Kanesha as the passenger of the vehicle and Taylor as the driver.
Huff eventually admitted to investigators that she knowingly took Taylor to Illinois and did not attempt to provide information on his whereabouts to law enforcement.
Judge Colin Long issued the warrant for Huff's arrest with a $250,000 cash or surety bond with GPS monitoring. She is being held by PCSD. Huff is currently on probation and parole for possession of a controlled substance.
Killed in the shooting were Johnathan D. Graham, 24, of Crocker and Sherry R. Gann, 53, of Dixon. Surviving victims include Cassandra M. Gann, 28, of Crocker and David L. Reeves, 49, of Dixon. The shooting may have been connected to a drug deal.
The sheriff’s department continues to ask for the public’s help in locating Taylor and Holt. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office or their local law enforcement agency.
Multiple jurisdictions have been assisting with the investigation of the crime including Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Robert Police Department, Waynesville Police Department and the Lake Ozark Major Case Squad.