Major Case Squad arrests Swansea man in East St. Louis homicide

News-DemocratJuly 9, 2013 

— A Swansea man is accused of a 20-minute crime spree within a three-block area that ended with the shooting death of a 65-year-old man, the Major Case Squad announced Tuesday.

Ronnie J. Gully Jr., 21, of 1460 Morgan St., Apt. 9, Swansea, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of George Tolliver on July 1, the Major Case Squad announced.

Tolliver, of 7749 Marybelle Ave. in East St. Louis, was shot while sitting in his Ford Explorer in front of 808 N. 86th St. Witnesses said a suspect walked up to the car and shot into it, hitting Tolliver once and killing him, Police Chief Michael Floore has said.

Gully also was charged by St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly's office with armed robbery, aggravated discharge of a firearm, attempted armed robbery and aggravated unlawful restraint.

St. Clair County Judge Heinz Rudolph set bail for Gully at $1 million. Gully was arrested on Friday.

Floore called in the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad to investigate Tolliver's homicide. Fairview Heights Police Lt. Steve Evans has been the deputy commander who has been heading up the squad.

Evans said "relentless effort" led to Gully's arrest. And, he called the 12 investigators who were assembled to work with the Major Case Squad "the most amazing group of guys to work with."

Evans did not release details about how Gully was arrested.

Records show that on Sept. 14, Gully was arrested for a parole violation and was sent to the state Department of Corrections on Sept. 15. Also, on Dec. 5, 2011, Gully was sent to the Department of Corrections for retail theft and aggravated unlawful use of weapon.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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