Charges filed in Christmas Eve murder case

News-DemocratDecember 30, 2013 

An East St. Louis man has been charged with murder in relation to a Christmas Eve shooting in Madison.

Deneshion M. Swope, 21, faces three counts of first degree murder for shooting Jarrett D. Mosby, 21, of Collinsville, seven times with a 9mm handgun, according to the Madison County State's Attorney's Office.

Mosby was found in the front seat of a silver Pontiac at the intersection of West 2nd and Bissell streets on Dec. 24, according to police. Mosby, a student at the University of Missouri who was in the area visiting relatives during the holiday season, was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the investigation, police determined that the men had agreed earlier in the day to meet so Swope could purchase marijuana from Mosby. The victim picked up Swope in his car and the pair got into an argument, according to investigators. Swope allegedly shot Mosby at 10th and State streets in East St. Louis then drove Mosby's car to Madison where it was found.

Madison Police originally responded to a call regarding a traffic accident at 12:44 p.m. When police arrived, they found Mosby dead of multiple gunshot wounds.

Gibbons said he hoped the arrest of Swope would help Mosby's family begin to heal.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jarrett Mosby who are unfortunately having to deal with the violent murder of a young man who had his whole life ahead of him," Gibbons said.

Madison Police responded to a call regarding a traffic accident at 12:44 p.m. When police arrived, they instead found Mosby dead of multiple gunshot wounds.

Swope, who was on federal probation related to gun charges, is currently in custody in the St. Clair County Jail on $500,000 bail.

First degree murder charges carry a sentence of 20-60 years in prison if Swope is convicted.

The Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad was activated to investigate the case.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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