A grand jury in Effingham County has indicted 22-year-old Justin DeRyke on three counts of first-degree murder.
DeRyke is accused of stabbing his 7-year-old niece Willow Long to death on September 8. For each count of murder, he faces a mandatory term of life in prison if convicted.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has taken her brother into protective custody and is investigating Willow's mother.
St. Louis Police say they have arrested the people responsible for a series of robberies and shootings earlier this week.
Officers say a 32-year-old man and 28-year-old woman are responsible for three robberies on Monday night. The first happened just after 8 PM, when the pair allegedly shot a victim. About an hour later, police say the couple robbed and shot a victim. And just 10 minutes later and just blocks away, the pair robbed another person.
The suspects were captured after police released a photo of the woman using a debit card that was taken from one of the victims.
Joe Edwards, the man many say is behind the revitalization of the Delmar Loop, was recognized for his work.
The Landmark Association honored Edwards with a lifetime achievement award. The group is citing his preservation and rehabilitation work on the Loop. Edwards owns Blueberry Hill and is responsible for bringing the Walk of Fame, Pageant, and Moonrise Hotel to the area. He also rehabbed a dozen buildings, filled them with boutique retailers, and restored the Tivoli Theater.
Edwards received the award September 12.