Mt. Vernon man found fit to stand trial for murder of father

Mt. Vernon man found fit to stand trial for murder of father

MT. VERNON, IL — A 30-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been found fit to stand trial in a Jefferson County case charging him with murdering his father.

Traviel C. Gibson is charged with three counts murder and one count Class 2 robbery in connection with the May 2020 shooting death of 48-year-old Sam J. Gibson.

According to police, around 12:19 p.m. May 13th, a distraught female entered the Mt. Vernon Police Department lobby and reported a male had possibly been shot at a residence in the 1800 block of Cherry. The female also reported a male at the residence had attacked her and stolen her phone.

Attorneys in the case filed a motion in June requesting the defendant undergo a mental fitness examination. In court Tuesday a review of the examination performed by Dr. Daniel Cuneo found Gibson is fit to stand trial.

Gibson is next scheduled to appear in court November 10th. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $3 million.