Police have a man in custody connected to the murder of a woman and her unborn baby.
Hazelwood officers found Denitra Jones dead in her apartment on Monday morning. Investigators say Jones had recently discovered she was pregnant. The coroner ruled Jones' death a homicide. After an investigation, officers presented their case against Michael Collins. Prosecutors issued charges against him including two counts of murder in the first degree.
Collins is held on a half-million dollar bond.
Another member of the St. Louis County Police Board is stepping down.
On the heels of the resignations of board chairman Gregory Sansone and vice chairman Floyd Warmann, Ray Wagner says he will leave the police board by late September.
Ray Wagner's departure leaves just two members on the five member board. The board has been embroiled in an investigation looking into any improprieties surrounding the awarding of construction contracts for the new St. Louis County crime lab. Meanwhile, the St. Louis County Council postponed approving two of County Executive Charlie Dooley's police board nominees.
The Council met Tuesday night and instead of moving forward with confirmations decided to put that on hold and introduce legislation requiring police board members to undergo background checks. The meeting was then adjourned without taking any further action.
Three St. Louis residents are in custody for alleged election offenses.
The prosecutor says Jerrell Sherod, Rachelle Olive, and Andrew Schafer committed potential voting fraud. The allegations stem from a possible improper request for absentee ballots. Schafer faces the most severe charges, multiple election offenses and two counts of forgery.
Police started to investigate after they were contacted by the St. Louis County Board of Elections.