Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Murder of St. Louis Mother of Four Caught on Tape, Prosecutors Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Murder of St. Louis Mother of Four Caught on Tape, Prosecutors Say

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ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis man was caught on tape fatally shooting a woman in the street, a federal prosecutor said this week.

Roland McKinney, 59, has not been charged with the Sept. 7 murder. The allegations came in connection with a federal charge filed Sept. 13 of possession with intent to distribute drugs, as prosecutors seek to hold McKinney in jail until his trial.

In court Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bird told U.S. Magistrate Judge David Noce that there is surveillance video of McKinney getting out of a Dodge Nitro, getting into a confrontation with a woman and then firing three to four shots. McKinney left the woman in the street, Bird said.

Court documents obtained by the Post-Dispatch on Thursday also describe the video evidence, and say that a neighbor heard an argument just before the shooting. There was a witness to the shooting, but police had not located her as of Sept. 11, the documents say.

St. Louis police Detective David Rudolph, in an affidavit supporting the federal criminal complaint against McKinney, wrote that the murder was of a woman identified only as "S.M."

St. Louis police on Wednesday identified the Sept. 7 homicide victim as Sparkle Maxie. Police said Maxie, 26, lived in the 5900 block of Page Boulevard in St. Louis.

Susan Ryan, a spokeswoman for St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, told the Post-Dispatch in an email Thursday that the office is working with police and that police have not yet applied for charges. A police summary of the death said the department considered the case an open investigation.

Police were flagged down at 12:46 a.m. on Sept. 7 by someone who alerted them to a woman lying in the street near the intersection of North Newstead and Lee avenues in the O'Fallon neighborhood. She was unconscious and suffering from gunshot wounds to the abdomen, and later died at the scene, the complaint says. …

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