Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

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GRANITE CITY > Ex-boyfriend charged in murder * Cory L. Osborne, 30, was charged Friday with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a weapon in the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend here on Wednesday. Until last month, Osborne lived with the victim, Stacie Williams, 31, in the 200 block of Edison Avenue, officials said. His bail was set at $2 million.

Williams' body was found about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday behind the wheel of a 2013 Dodge Avenger at 25th Street and Madison Avenue. She had been shot in the head.

Osborne surrendered to Jerseyville police after authorities publicly identified him as a "person of interest" in the death. His criminal history includes a 2010 conviction in Madison County for reckless discharge of a firearm. Authorities said Osborne also faced a pending misdemeanor domestic violence in which Williams was the victim.

BELLEVILLE > Accused killer to get mental evaluation * A judge here ordered Thursday that a man accused of kidnapping a woman, 85, and burning her alive in a car trunk will be evaluated at a psychiatric hospital to determine whether he is fit for trial.

Demarcus Barnes, 31, is held in the death of Yoko Cullen, of Belleville, whose body was found in her burned car in East St. Louis in 2011. Officials allege that Barnes and two other men kidnapped and robbed Cullen two days earlier, after she left a bingo game at the Firemen's Hall in Collinsville.

The others, Barnes' cousin, DaQuan Barnes, and LaTosha Cunningham, already were sentenced to 60-year prison terms.

Officials said the men beat Cullen, and that an autopsy showed she was alive when the fire was set. If Demarcus Barnes is not found fit, he could be committed as a danger to society.

ST. LOUIS > Terror support defendant waives bail hearing * A second St. Louis County resident accused of helping support Islamic State fighters overseas has decided not to seek release from jail before trial. Ramiz "Siki" Hodzic's federal public defenders declined to comment after Hodzic, 40, waived his right to a detention hearing Friday.

On Wednesday, Hodzic's wife, Sedina Hodzic, 35, did the same. Her lawyer said she would be held by immigration officials even if she were granted bail.

Prosecutors have said all six defendants in the case were born in Bosnia and three had become naturalized citizens. The others have refugee or legal resident status.

Also charged in federal court here are Armin Harcevic of St. Louis County; Jasminka Ramic of Rockford, Ill.; Nihad Rosic of Utica, N.Y.; and Mediha Medy Salkicevic of Schiller Park, Ill. All are accused of conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists and with providing material support to terrorists. Ramiz Hodzic and Rosic also are charged with conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country. …

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