Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Teen Charged in Slaying of Man She Met in Phone-Dating Service

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Teen Charged in Slaying of Man She Met in Phone-Dating Service

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A 17-year-old, part-time high-school student who may have arranged dates for prostitution through a telephone-dating service killed and robbed a man in a park in Alton last week, authorities charged Monday.

Corey E. Butler of the 2300 block of Derhake Road, Florissant, was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the killing Wednesday of Kevin P. Creson, 25, of the 4100 block of Weskan Lane, Bridgeton. His badly slashed body was found near a "lover's lane" in Rock Spring Park in Alton.

Capt. Rick McCain, chief of detectives in Alton, said s Creson and Butler had become acquainted through Confidential Connection, a telephone service in St. Louis, and had met for sex at least twice before. McCain says Butler denied that she was a prostitute but said Creson had paid her at the end of their dates - $40 on one occasion. A call to Confidential Connection got a recording that said the service was operated by Mobile Media Inc., but a company representative could not be reached. At a news conference in Alton, McCain quoted Butler as saying Creson had asked her to arrange sex with her and a second girl Wednesday. btCreson got rough with Butler when the two of them were about to have sex. She said she drew a foot-long butcher knife from her purse and killed Creson in self-defense, McCain said. State's Attorney William R. Haine of Madison County rejected Butler's claim of self-defense. "We believe she went there to rob him and kill him," he said. "She was prepared for what she wanted to do because she brought a knife." McCain said Butler believed Creson was carrying $400 to $500 to pay for his request for a threesome. But Butler told police she got only $80 from Creson's wallet and then stole his cellular phone and car. McCain said police had talked to prostitutes in Alton who identified Creson as a customer. Police found Butler by identifying calls from Creson's cellular phone in the day and hours before he was killed, McCain said. …

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