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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri woman who as a teenager wrote that killing a young neighbor girl was an "ahmazing" thrill is now asking a judge to overturn her guilty plea.
 
   Alyssa Bustamante testified in court Thursday that she wouldn't have pleaded guilty to the 2009 slaying of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten if she'd known about a pending U.S. Supreme Court case involving juvenile murder defendants.
 
   Bustamante had been facing a first-degree murder charge punishable by life without parole. She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in January 2012 and was sentenced to life with the chance of parole.
 
   The Supreme Court later ruled that mandatory life prison sentences for juveniles were unconstitutional.
 
   Bustamante's new attorney is citing that case as a reason to undo the plea agreement.
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St. Louis police are investigating the city's fourteenth homicide of the year.

 

Officers say 21-year-old Erick Burney was walking in the 1500 block of Montgomery in North St. Louis on Monday afternoon, when a driver pulled up alongside him. Investigators say someone inside the car started shooting. Burney was hit multiple times and died at the hospital.

 

No information on a suspect has been released.

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A second man has been charged connected to a double murder in December.

 

Daveis Sands is facing two charges of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting an killing brothers Justin and Devin Gordon. The Gordons were killed on December 5 inside a North St. Louis home. Ryan Handson was charged with murder in the chase last week.

 

Police have not said what the motive in the shooting might have been.

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Police have identified the man killed during a robbery Monday night.

 

Police say 28-year-old Randy Burgess and another man were sitting in a car North St. Louis last night. Just before 9 PM two suspects walked up to the car and demanded money from the men. The suspects shot into the vehicle, the driver of the car got out and ran away.

 

Burgess was hit twice and died at the scene. Police have not announced any suspects.

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:54

Man charged in connection to double shooting

A St. Louis man is facing charges connected to a double shooting that happened last week.

 

Police say that John Trevillion shot Tony West and Brian Jordan in the 4700 block of Fletcher in Northwoods. West survived the attack, but Jordan died. Trevillion now faces several felony charges including first-degree murder.

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KTRS - St. Louis - St. Louis County Police are leading the search for a murder suspect.
 
Police say John Tevillion, who is also known by the nickname "Birdie", is the suspect in a double shooting in Northwoods. The shootings happened Monday evening around 5 PM. One person was killed another injured. Trevillion was last seen in a 1997 silver Dodge Ram 1500, with Missouri license plate 2YR634.
 
Authorities say he is armed and dangerous. If you have any information on Trevillion’s whereabouts, you are urged to call the St. Louis County Police at 314-889-2341 or 911
 
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Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:24

Two men facing charges for Cahokia murder

CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) - Investigators in southern Illinois have charged two people with the Cahokia (kuh-HOH'-kee-uh) shooting death of a 17-year-old from St. Louis.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports 24-year-old Nikkei Turner is being held on $3 million bond for the Dec. 30 slaying. Meanwhile, 23-year-old Henry Davis is being held on $5 million bond. Both are from St. Louis.
 
The two are accused of killing Allen S. Templeton in the Pheasant Hill Mobile Home Park.
 
Police say he was shot in the head and neck in retaliation for an earlier robbery.
 
It wasn't immediately clear if either man had an attorney.
 
Cahokia is a village of about 15,000 residents in St. Clair County
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An East St. Louis man is accused of killing a Mizzou student just days before Christmas.
 
The body of Jarrett Mosby was found in his car on December 23. Investigators with the Major Case Squad say Mosby agreed to meet Deneshion Swope for a drug deal. Police say the two men started to argue and Swope allegedly shot Mosby and moved his car to where it was eventually found.
 
Swope was on probation for gun charges, is held on a half-million dollar bond, and facing first-degree murder charges. Swope could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
 
Published in Local News
Friday, 27 December 2013 03:09

Memorial fund set up for slain Alton woman

   Friends of a murdered metro-east woman are hoping a memorial fund can raise enough money to cover funeral expenses and a grave marker.  Friends of 30 year old Courtney Coats are hoping to raise about 15-thousand dollars through online donations.  
   Coats' was reported missing November 25th.  Her dismembered body was found last week along the Illinois River near East Hardin, IL. 
   Madison County prosecutors have charged 28 year old Patrick Chase of Alton and 30 year old Brandon Chittum of Collinsville with first-degree murder.  
   Both men are held on $1 million bail. 
   The memorial fund is based online at www.GoFundMe.com. Donations also may be dropped off or mailed to the Jerseyville Banking Center in Jerseyville.
 
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   RACELAND, La. (AP) — Three people have died and two were injured in separate shootings in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes. Authorities also say the suspect is dead.
   The Lafourche Parish Sherriff's Office said on its verified Twitter account that parish Councilman Louis Phillip Gouaux was injured in the first shooting Thursday night in Lockport and his wife, Susan "Pixie" Gouaux, was killed. Gouaux was being treated at a local hospital.
   The sheriff's office said the second shooting happened in Raceland, where Ochsner St. Anne Hospital administrator Milton Bourgeois was shot and killed.
   A third person was found dead in Terrebonne Parish. The sheriff's office identified her as Denise Taylor Freeman, wife of suspect Ben Freeman, who was found dead in his vehicle.
   There was no immediate information about the second injured person.
 
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