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Homicide detectives are on the scene of a fatal stabbing in Soulard.

Police say a man was found in a pool of blood in his apartment that is just a block away from Pontiac Square Park in St. Louis city. The victim has not been identified and no motive has been released.

Published in Local News
Friday, 22 November 2013 16:59

Megan Boken's shooter pleads guilty

At a plea hearing Friday, 19-year-old Keith Esters admitted to shooting and killing Megan Boken.

As part of his guilty plea, Esters was sentenced to life in prison, plus 20 years. Megan's family was on hand to read statements before sentencing. Police says Esters did not act alone.

His cousin, Johnathan Perkins faces second degree murder charges. Officers say they tracked down Esters and Perkins by tracing a cell phone that was stolen from someone else six days before Megan was murdered. 

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VERSAILLES, Mo. (AP) — One of three suspects in the February killings of a central Missouri couple has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

The Lake Sun Leader reports that 43-year-old Derrell Spellmeyer, of Eldon, also pleaded guilty Thursday to armed criminal action. Sentencing is scheduled Jan. 16 in Morgan County Circuit Court.

Spellmeyer was accused of shooting 53-year-old Carol Wilson and stabbing 66-year-old Freddie Wilson on Feb. 4 at their home in Versailles (vur-SAYLZ'). He was arrested by detectives responding to a call from Carol Wilson saying she had been shot.

Forty-five-year-old Garland Mitchell and 28-year-old Mandy Mitchell, both of Jefferson City, are awaiting trial on the same charges.

The Mitchells told investigators the three went to the home to obtain drugs, but that only Spellmeyer went inside.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A hearing to consider the request of a Missouri teen to have her guilty plea in the killing of a 9-year-old neighbor vacated, corrected or set aside has been rescheduled.

Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the October 2009 killing of Elizabeth Olten. Bustamante now is 19 years old and was 15 at the time of the killing. They lived in St. Martins, just west of Jefferson City.

Online court records show a hearing scheduled for Friday has been moved to Jan. 30.

Bustamante was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole and ordered to serve a consecutive 30-year term for armed criminal action. She was initially charged with first-degree murder, which carries a sentence of life without parole.

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JACKSON, Mo. (AP) - A judge has set a September trial date for George Joseph, a Cape Girardeau businessman accused of killing his wife and 18-year-old son.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Cape Girardeau County Judge Benjamin Lewis on Tuesday scheduled the first-degree murder trial for the week of Sept. 15, with jury selection to begin Sept. 11.

The jury will be picked in Cole County in mid-Missouri and brought to Cape Girardeau County for the trial. Joseph's attorney, Bryan Greaser, had requested a change of venue.

Mary Joseph and the couple's son, Matthew, were shot to death on May 30 at the family's home. Joseph, who is 48, was treated for a gunshot wound to the head. He recovered.

Published in Local News
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 12:27

Young man shot at bus stop in North St. Louis

A young man is in the hospital after police say he was shot while waiting at a bus stop in North St. Louis.

Officers were called to Northcrest and McLaran. Witnesses said the victim was standing at the bus stop when a suspect wearing a ski mask, walked up at shot the young man in the face. The victim was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. 

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Monday, 04 November 2013 15:29

Man sentenced for 1999 murder

ST. LOUIS -- AP -- A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a murder that happened more than 14 years ago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 38-year-old Willie McNeil was sentenced Monday after a plea agreement with prosecutors.

The crime happened May 24, 1999, when 47-year-old Mark Raiffie was beaten and shot at the family business he ran, Raiffie Vending Co. 

The case went cold until a tipster called police with information and McNeil was charged with first-degree murder in 2011. As part of the plea deal, the charge was reduced to second-degree murder.

 

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An investigation underway in Franklin County after a St. Louis woman says she was raped by two armed men.

The woman told officers she was driving home to St. Louis from Cuba, when she became lost. When she pulled over to ask for directions, two men--one man armed with a knife, the other with a gun--approached her car. The men proceeded to sexually assault her.

The woman was treated for the assault at a hospital. Police have only a very vague description of the suspects. The woman was not able to tell authorities which direction the men drove off.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University says one person has been arrested in connection with an early-morning stabbing at a campus apartment building.

University spokesman Mark Land said university police arrested 18-year-old Zesen Shen at about 8 a.m. Sunday at the Tulip Tree Apartments. Land said police believe Shen and another suspect fought with a 20-year-old IU student in the apartment parking lot around 3:30 a.m.

University police Lt. Craig Munroe told the Indianapolis Star the student was stabbed in the back. Land said the student was taken to IU Health hospital in Bloomington and his injury is not life-threatening.

Campus police are still looking for the other suspect and are investigating.

The school gave students the all clear around 7 a.m. CDT. Previously, students were asked to stay indoors after the stabbing.

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Police are looking for a man who tried to rob two businesses this week.

The first incident was in High Ridge, Missouri around 11:30 PM, Tuesday. The suspect walked in to a Circle K, pointed a gun at the employee, and demanded money. The employee refused twice and the suspect ran away.

Then, around 2 AM Wednesday, the same suspect tried to rob a Steak n' Shake in Fenton. Again the employees refused to give in to the suspect's demands for money.

The suspect was described in both attempted robberies as a white male. He is 5’6″-5’10″ tall and weighs 130-140 pounds. He wore dark clothing and a bandana to conceal his face. 

Call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information in this case: 636-797-5515.

 

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