Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

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BERKELEY > Murder charge filed * Joseph B. Cooper, 21, was charged Wednesday in the killing of Ehrman "Lonny" Davis IV. Davis, 45, of Berkley, was found shot to death in October 2015 in the street in the 8400 block of Bayberry Drive. Charging documents say Cooper, 21, of the 6500 block of Adler Avenue, confessed to shooting Davis with a shotgun. He was arrested and charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

GRANITE CITY > Killer gets 55-year term * Caleb R. Bailey must serve 55 years in prison for killing a romantic rival two years ago, Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp ordered Wednesday in court in Edwardsville. Bailey, 25, of Pontoon Beach, was convicted in May by a jury that rejected his self-defense claim.

Officials said he shot Travis Mayes, 43, after they argued earlier that night over a woman. Police initially thought Mayes, found next to his motorcycle in a parking lot in the 4700 block of Nameoki Road about 3:43 a.m. on May 18, 2014, died in a crash. It turned out he was shot once in the head.

Napp sentenced Bailey to 30 years for first-degree murder plus an extra 25 years for use of a firearm, to run consecutively. He must serve the whole term.

WASHINGTON PARK > Body found in house * Illinois State Police are investigating the discovery about 8 p.m. Wednesday of a decomposing body of a man in a vacant home in the 1100 block of North 41st Street. Master Sgt. Mark Doiron said he appeared to have been there for some time. The man's identity and cause of death were not yet determined. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday. Doiron said the abandoned home had no working utilities and was used by squatters.

GRANITE CITY > Woman charged in drug death * Jessica D. Burris, 30, was indicted Thursday by a Madison County grand jury on charges of drug-induced homicide and other felonies in connection with the overdose death of Kyle J. …

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