Man accused in Springfield double shooting arraigned

Man accused of attempted murder in shooting of nephew, sister-in-law

Trent Gilbert Sr. pleaded not guilty in court today and bond was set at $150,000.

INITIAL REPORT:

A man is facing attempted murder charges in the double shooting earlier this month of his nephew and sister-in-law.

Trent Gilbert Sr., 46, of Springfield, will be arraigned this morning in Clark County Municipal Court. He was arrested Thursday and booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated burglary.

He is accused in the April 13 double shooting of Chantal Gilbert, 38, and her 17-year-old son Adrein Gilbert at their home in the 600 block of Cassilly Street. Chantal Gilbert was shot once, and Adrein Gilbert was shot five times, family members said.

“We are pretty upset and devastated by it,” said Diana Howard, the older sister of Chantal Gilbert, about the shooting. Howard said Gilbert Sr. had made threats against her sister and his nephews before, and that she hopes he is punished to “the fullest extent.”

According to arrest warrants filed Wednesday in Clark County Municipal Court, Gilbert Sr. “entered the victim’s residence and shot him multiple times.” Another arrest warrant stated Gilbert Sr. “shot the victim who was lying on the floor of her dining room. The victim was shot on the right side of her face, causing serious injury.” The warrants indicate the victims were shot with a .40 caliber pistol, and that numerous shell casings were found on the floor of the home.

The teenager told police he heard a loud knock at the back door and saw his uncle come inside with a pistol and then he began shooting him. His mother tried to come to his aid, but said she collapsed to the floor after seeing her brother-in-law shooting her son. Gilbert Sr. then pointed the gun down at her and fired, according to court documents.

Two other people in the house, Chantal Gilbert’s son and his girlfriend, were able to run upstairs and hide. Also, the two shooting victims said they played dead as their assailant walked back through the house so he wouldn’t shoot them again, the documents stated.

Howard said her nephew has been released from the hospital but his left arm is paralyzed and he lost a few fingers. She said her sister remains in the hospital but is no longer in intensive care. Although both have permanent injuries, Howard said it’s still a blessing. “They weren’t expected to make it at all,” she said.

Gilbert Sr. also has an upcoming jury trial for a March 14 domestic violence incident. According to the complaint, he pointed a gun at his ex-wife’s head and said, “if you weren’t my son’s mother, I would kill you.”

His attorney in that case is James N. Griffin. It’s not clear whether he will represent him in the shooting case.

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