SEATTLE (AP/KIRO/WCSC) - A $2 million bail has been set for a soldier accused of fatally stabbing a fellow serviceman from Summerville near a large Army base in Washington state.
Prosecutors charged Jeremiah Hill, 23, with first-degree murder, saying he approached 20-year-old Spc. Tevin Geike and attacked him just as a verbal confrontation between two groups was calming down. The bail was set at a Tuesday afternoon court hearing.
Authorities also charged Cedarium Johnson, 21, and Ajoni Runnion-Bareford, 21, with rendering criminal assistance, saying they helped dispose of the murder weapon. Bail for Runnion-Bareford was set at $250,000. Johnson was released, ordered to be contained at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
All three men pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors said in charging documents Tuesday that an autopsy determined that Geike suffered a deep stab wound to his chest that cut through a rib and plunged through his heart.
The suspects and victim in the case were all soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The soldiers charged in the case are scheduled to make their first court appearance Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court.