Suspect in 2 deadly St. Louis shootings linked to a third

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 7:14:33 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a suspect in two deadly St. Louis shootings has been linked to a third.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 21-year-old William Malik Pearson Jr. is charged with first-degree murder and other charges in the November 2017 shooting that killed 21-year-old Leon Smith Jr. and wounded an 18-year-old woman. His attorney didn't immediately return a phone message. He's been jailed since earlier this year.

Smith previously dated a woman, who's charged along with Pearson in the January 2017 shooting that killed Genna Clements and wounded a man.

Court documents also say cartridge casings found at the scene where Smith was killed match those found after 16-year-old James Scales was fatally shot at a bus stop in September 2017. Pearson is one of four people charged in Scales' death.

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