St. Louis teen on probation for gun crimes charged with murdering man during gun purchase
A teen on probation for gun crimes was charged Thursday with murdering an East St. Louis man who came to St. Louis buy guns, authorities say.
Jamel W. Yates, 18, of the 5800 block of Selber Court, was charged with first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault and four counts of armed criminal action.
Police say Yates fatally shot Devion Falls, 22, in the head and torso about 1 p.m. Tuesday in a back yard in the 6000 block of Suburban Avenue in the city’s West End neighborhood. Police said Falls had agreed to meet Yates to buy guns.
Police said Falls came to Suburban Avenue with two other men, 18 and 19, and a 22-year-old woman. They were not hurt in the shooting and drove Falls to a hospital, where he died.
Falls lived in the 400 block of North Sixth Street in East St. Louis.
Bail for Yates was set at $1 million cash. He was not in custody Thursday.
In April, Yates was sentenced to five years’ probation for convictions of illegally carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest. In that case, police said Yates ran from police and was caught with a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his jacket pocket.
Falls’ death was at least the 139th homicide of the year. Two more deaths since Tuesday have brought the total to at least 141. Last year’s total was 159.
Not enough potential murder victims in St. Louis City proper that we have to import some more from East St. Louis.
I’m waiting to see how SlayDotsonJoyce spin this to blame it on Amendment 5.