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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Ambulance workers have found an 18-year-old man shot dead in East St. Louis, Illinois.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports Roman Brooks was found in snow and a pool of blood early Friday. East. St. Louis Assistant Police Chief Ronald Ike says the teen was found in front of a house.

Ike says police received a call before 5 a.m. from ambulance workers reporting that they found the teen.

Police say they have no suspects but are investigating with help from Illinois State Police.

It's the 20th homicide in East St. Louis this year.

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Another man has died in the latest spat of violence in north St. Louis.

Just after 1 PM a man was shot in the head near Fairground park. Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation. Overnight, two men were shot in the head in separate incidents. One of those victims died. Last night's shooting happened at 9 PM and midnight.

No word on any suspects in any of the shootings.

 

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:53

Mascoutah man charged for stabbing man to death

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A 23-year-old southwestern Illinois man is jailed on $2 million bond after being accused of fatally stabbing a man who police say spent the past several years trying to help the troubled defendant.

Prosecutors in St. Clair County on Wednesday charged Joshua Rogers with first-degree murder in the death of Richard Feldt of Mascoutah.

Police asked by Feldt's relatives to check on his well-being found Feldt's body Monday night on his living room floor, with Rogers relaxing on a nearby couch.

Mascoutah Police Chief Bruce Fleshren says Feldt had not been seen since Thanksgiving Day and when found had been dead at least a day.

Online court records don't show whether Rogers has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.

 
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Tuesday, 03 December 2013 03:26

UPDATE: Suspect held for Belleville murder

   A 53 year old Belleville man shot to death as he opened his front door Saturday night was not the intended target, police say.  

   The St. Clair County State's Attorney has charged 36 year old Dashon Hinkle with first-degree murder in the shooting of John Fath Senior.  

   Belleville police say Hinkle had gone to Fath's home in the 400 block of North 40th Street to "pay a visit" to the victim's son, John Fath Junior.  

   Police say the junior Fath and Hinkle both have long criminal records.  

   Hinkle is jailed on a $2 million bond.

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The trial for the man accused of murdering 7-year-old Willow Long has been postponed again.

Justin DeRyke was set to appear in court next week, but the defense says they need more time to prepare. DeRyke is accused of murdering his niece. The new trial date is February 10.

DeRyke remains in the Effingham County Jail under a $5 million bond.

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A 20-year-old man will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty in the shooting death of a St. Louis County teenager.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Nicholas Lunceford pleaded guilty Friday in St. Louis County Court to charges including second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the June 17 death of 18-year-old Brandon Richards. Prosecutors have recommended a 20-year sentence for Lunceford.

Lunceford's sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 13.

Another defendant, 18-year-old Keenan Miller, is also charged in the killing. Police have said Miller was delivering marijuana to Lunceford at his home when Richards was shot. His lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Richards graduated from Kirkwood High School shortly before his death.

 

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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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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri teen who pleaded guilty to killing her 9-year-old neighbor wants the pleas to be vacated, corrected or set aside.

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

Bustamante's attorney contends the teen's due process rights were violated and that she faced cruel and unusual punishment. The lawyer also asserts Bustamante's public defenders were not effective. A hearing was scheduled Friday in Jefferson City.

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. Initially, she was charged with first-degree murder, which carries a sentence of life without parole.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Police say they will look into any new leads in the 2001 slaying of a newspaper sports editor after one of the men originally convicted had his case overturned and was freed.

The Columbia Police Department issued a written statement Wednesday saying it respects an appeals court decision that reversed the murder and robbery convictions of Ryan Ferguson in the killing of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

The police department says it will follow up on any new information that is brought to its attention.

Ferguson was freed Tuesday evening after the Missouri attorney general decided not to re-try him.

Chuck Erickson remains in prison after pleading guilty to Heitholt's murder. Erickson originally testified against Ferguson but later recanted. Ferguson says neither one of them killed Heitholt.

 

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