Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police/courts

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police/courts

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The following were reported to area police or involved action in an area court:

VIOLENT DEATHS

Jefferson City: Stephanie Burns, 34, of Jefferson City was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her former husband. Burns was charged Thursday in Cole County Associate Circuit Court in the death of Troy C. Burns, 41. Troy Burns was pronounced dead Wednesday night at his home in St. Thomas, Mo. An autopsy showed that he had been shot three times with a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol, said Cole County Sheriff John Hemeyer. Stephanie Burns was released on $25,000 bail. New Madrid, Mo.: A man from Poplar Bluff, Mo., was charged Friday in the stabbing deaths of two women earlier this week at their home near Tallapoosa in southeastern Missouri. The suspect, Cecil Barriner, was being held in the Butler County Jail and will be taken to New Madrid. Barriner was ordered held without bail. No age was available for Barriner, who was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action in the killings of Candace Sisk and her grandmother, Irene Sisk, at their home Monday. COURT ACTIONS Belleville: The murder trial of Willie Johnson, 31, of Washington Park, ended late Wednesday with a hung jury. Jurors deliberated six hours before deciding they were deadlocked on a charge that Johnson fatally stabbed Willie Williams, 43, at Williams' home in East St. Louis Aug. 2. Johnson claimed self-defense. His lawyer said Williams had abused Johnson in the past. Prosecutors plan to try Johnson again unless they can reach a plea agreement. Belleville: O'Dell Anthony, 35, of East St. Louis, was acquitted Thursday by a jury in circuit court in Belleville of the murder of his girlfriend, Audrey LaDonna Brown, 27. He was accused of stabbing her 38 times after an argument on Thanksgiving night last year at the home they shared in East St. Louis and dumping her body in a weeded lot. At the trial, Anthony testified he was elsewhere, spending the night with a friend. …

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