Justin Deryke says he was just trying to put his 7-year-old niece "out of her misery" when he killed her over the weekend.
Officials say autopsy results contradict his story. Deryke claims he was watching a movie with Willow Long over the weekend when she allegedly scratched his arm. He became angry and chased Willow out of the house. He says she fell into a brush pile and a branch stabbed her in the neck. That is when Deryke says he got a knife and stabbed the girl to death.
The autopsy shows Willow had defensive wounds on her hands and that casts doubt on Deryke's story.
Willow's 3-year-old brother has been taken into protective custody.
Charges are filed against two men who allegedly broke into a woman's home on Tuesday.
Police say Terrill Wise and Jahon Anderson kicked down the door of the woman's home on Lafayette near I-44. The woman grabbed her one-year-old child and hid in a shower in the upstairs bathroom. The mother says she heard the suspects moving throughout her home and one even came into the bathroom but did not see her. The woman called 911 and when an officer arrived, he confronted the suspects.
The officer says a suspect attacked him and that is when he shot the man. Other officers responded to the scene and both suspects were captured. Wise and Anderson now face multiple felony charges.
The woman and her child were not hurt.
Dozens of members of a St. Louis area motorcycle club are accused of participating in a large drug ring.
Federal prosecutors issued charges against 25 people in total--24 from the metro area and one from Texas--for allegedly assisting in the distribution of methamphetamine. The suspects are aged from 22-61 years old and belong to the Saddle Tramps Motorcycle club.
Another member of the club, Melvin Sherrer faces murder charges for allegedly killing a Bonne Terre man and putting his body in an abandoned septic tank. Each suspect could face up to life in prison.
Those charged are as follows:
Jorge Lopez, 37, Corinth, Tx., Melvin Scherrer, 49, Bonne Terre, Alan Adler, 54, Bonne Terre, Brent Bouren, 42, St. Louis, Howard Pyatt, 55, Bonne Terre, Arvil Matthews, 50, Imperial, Mark Abney, 47, Bonne Terre, Amber Scism, 31, Farmington, Terri Fox, 47, St. Louis, Guillermo Navarro, 35, St. Louis, Jerry Addison, 66, St. Louis, Jerami Westenberger, 35, Arnold, Ray Davis, 46, Union, James Mitchell, 44, St. Louis, Patrick Tate, 41, St. Louis, Jimmie Johnson, 60, St. Clair, Donald Maguire, 54, Theodore Heege, 48, Norma Egan, 47, St. Louis, Donna Moss, 45, St. Louis, Sheila Heege, 47, St. Louis, Danielle Becker, 29, Park Hills, Haley Meier, 34, St. Louis, Heather Martin, 27, St. Louis and Amy Gorrell, 22, of Bonne Terre.
Two men are accused of shooting and killing a man outside of an East St. Louis nightclub.
Police say Dameon Floore and Torcus Boone killed Kenneth Richards in the parking lot of Denese's Place. Floore is in police custody and held on $9,000,000 bail.
Boone remains at large and is reportedly in the metro east. Police say Boone should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about their location should call the Illinois State Police at 618-346-3990 or Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).
More than two dozens vehicles were broken into near LouFest over the weekend.
Police say thieves targeted a total of 29 vehicles on Sunday. Most of the vehicles were parked in the 5100 block of Clayton. Owners reported various electronics were taken. Police say the thefts occurred in the evening, with the majority concentrated between 9 and 10 PM.
The musical festival was held in the park on Saturday and Sunday.
A Carlinville, Illinois bar owner ended up in the hospital after an attack last week.
Deborah Borre, the owner of Hollywood and Vine, was closing shop Friday night, when Jamal Zollicoffer allegedly attacked her. After the beating, Borre drove the police station to report the incident. She was taken to the hospital.
Police caught Zollicoffer and prosecutors filed robbery and assault charges against him. He is held on a $75,000 bond.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A rural Missouri man charged with infecting another man with HIV is now facing charges that accuse him of risking infection to three other partners.
Stoddard County prosecutor Russell Oliver said Friday that 36-year-old David Mangum of Dexter, Missouri is now facing 21 additional counts for having unprotected sex with three men without telling them he was HIV-positive.
Mangum is jailed without bond. His attorney did not respond to interview requests.
Mangum was arrested last month after a man with whom he'd been intimate tested positive and alerted police. The new counts are a lesser charge because the new accusers are not HIV-positive.
Mangum claims he had sexual contact with as many as 300 people since being diagnosed a decade ago. He moved to Missouri two years ago from Dallas, Texas.
The Chicago man convicted of beating a friend to death with a skillet in North St. Louis, will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Andre McAfee was sentenced yesterday for the 2006 attack on Charles Barnes. Investigators determined that McAfee used a skillet to beat Barnes to death. McAfee's first trial ended in a mistrial last year, but he entered a guilty plea to murder charges this year.
Scary incident for some students at University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Police say a group of students were walking near the campus around 12:40 this morning. The students say two men approached them. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and used it to hit one of the victims. The suspects them jumped in to a waiting Chevy Camaro and sped off. It is still not clear what the suspects stole.
The Bel-Nor Police are handling the case at 314-381-2971.
DEXTER, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man who says he had sexual contact with as many 300 people since being diagnosed with HIV has pleaded not guilty to infecting another man with the virus.
David Mangum entered the plea Thursday. Stoddard County prosecutor Russell Oliver says more potential victims have come forward since Mangum was charged last week with recklessly infecting another with HIV, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Oliver says additional charges are expected. Mangum's attorney didn't return messages.
Court documents allege Mangum told detectives in Dexter, a small town in southeast Missouri, that he had unprotected sex with as many as 300 partners since he was diagnosed a decade ago. As many as 60 of those contacts allegedly occurred after he moved to Missouri from Dallas in 2011.