Man charged with shooting, killing motorcyclist in Granite City


by staff

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 20 at 4:44 AM

Suspect in custody after man found shot in Madison County

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( – A Pontoon Beach man was charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed a motorcyclist in Granite City early Sunday morning.

Caleb Ryan Bailey, 23, was charged with three counts of first degree murder on Monday following his arrest Sunday evening. 

According to police, a Madison County Sheriff deputy discovered Travis Mayes dead next to his motorcycle in the 4700 block of Nameoki Rd. 

Family members say Mayes pulled over on his motorcycle because a car was following him. Gunshots were fired shortly after both vehicles stopped and Mayes was killed instantly. According to Mayes' relatives, the shooting was because a dispute Mayes' and the suspect had about a woman.

"Travis has had a lot of girlfriends and there was something about this girl that caught him," said Mayes' niece Amber Duke. "I asked him to leave her alone because he was arguing with this guy for months. It's so stupid for anyone to lose their life over a girl."

"Not only did he take Travis' life, but he took part of my life," said Travis Mayes' nephew, Joe Mayes. "He left two of Travis' children without a dad."

While investigating the shooting, an intoxicated driver struck an officer's vehicle near the scene. Police said the officer was not in the vehicle at the time of the incident. The intoxicated driver was taken into custody.

"You look at him and people judge a book by its cover. You think he's a thug and no good," Mayes said. "He's the best guy you'll ever meet. Ain't no one out there who will forget his smile."

Bailey remains in the Madison County Jail with a bond of $2,000,000 set.