Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police Tap Theories in Killing of Aids Carrier

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police Tap Theories in Killing of Aids Carrier

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Police are pursuing several theories, but no solid leads in the murder of a man accused of infecting three women with the virus that causes AIDS.

Robert A. Warren III, 24, was shot twice in the head Thursday afternoon in a back yard in the 1800 block of Bacon Street near North Grand Boulevard and Martin Luther King Drive.

He was the first man in St. Louis to have been charged with the relatively new felony offense of knowingly risking the infection of

another person with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

One of the three women died in early 1995.

Lt. Col. Joseph Mokwa, chief of detectives, said Friday that police were investigating several possibilities, including revenge by a friend or relative of one of the women. On Dec. 15, Warren was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly beating and kicking one of the infected women during an argument at her home.

"Revenge could be a motive, but to focus just on that would be a mistake," Mokwa said at a news conference. "All I can tell you is that he was shot from behind."

He cited two other possible reasons for the killing:

Drugs. On Jan. 26, police executed a search warrant seeking drugs at the address where Warren was slain.

The neighborhood is known for narcotics and violence. Another man was slain Jan. 17 while sitting in a car in the 1700 block of Bacon.

Police arrested Warren on April 8, 1995, when he went to a motel on North Grand to meet one of the women he is accused of infecting. He was released on a $30,000 bond three months later.

He spent another week in city jail after his arrest in December for the alleged beating but was freed by a bail bondsman.

Mokwa said Warren also was awaiting sentencing on an unrelated assault in 1995.

Warren is married, but police said his widow had refused to be tested for HIV. Police said public health officials informed Warren of his infection on May 7, 1992, less than two months after their wedding in St. Louis.

Police said they first heard about Warren after his wife called one of the women and told her that Warren was infected. The woman who first called police is the one who died last year at age 19. …

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