Police: 'Retaliatory' shooting in Cahokia targets wrong person

News-DemocratJanuary 4, 2014 

— A 23-year-old St. Louis man was charged Saturday in connection with the shooting death of a teenager on Monday night.

Henry L. Davis was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Allen S. Templeton of St. Louis.

"It appears to be a retaliatory killing," said Major Tom Coppotelli, deputy commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis.

Davis apparently thought Templeton was involved in a robbery of Davis earlier on Monday but Templeton was not involved in that robbery, said Coppotelli, who serves in the Collinsville Police Department.

Coppotelli said investigators believe Davis drove Templeton to Cahokia, where the homicide occurred.

Coppotelli said investigators have a "ton of evidence" to show the homicide occurred in Cahokia.

Templeton's body was found outside on Circle Creek Drive in the Pheasant Hill Mobile Home Park. He suffered gunshot wounds to the head and neck.

Coppotelli also said a second person of interest is being held in the case and investigators plan to present their case to the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office.

Davis, of the 4200 block of Farlin Avenue in St. Louis, was being held in the Cahokia jail. His bail was set at $5 million.

Annette Templeton cried as she talked about how much she wants justice for the murder of her youngest son.

"I want their families to feel the pain that I am feeling," she said. "They took my life away from me. I still want my son back. But I know I cannot get him back. But, I want those criminals who killed him to pay with their lives."

"I want them taken off of the streets so other children and other citizens are a little more safer. I know they have been arrested. But, they still have to go to court. It was a senseless murder. My son didn't have anything to do with anything," she said.

She said she didn't know Davis. And, since the second man has not been identified, she does not know whether she knows him.

Annette Templeton said she is tired of all of the murders that keep occurring and she said she wants the perpetrators of her son's death to be made examples of. "I want anyone who is contemplating taking another person's life to think about the punishment these two got. It must be severe. We have to start somewhere and make these criminals, these murderers, these life stealers, pay for their crimes," Templeton said.

Templeton also has a 31-year-old son who she said is doing wonderful things with his life and his family. She said she was working on the same thing with Allen "to make the same dream happen."

Templeton said her younger son was very trusting and wanted to be a firefighter. Allen was "fun loving, laid back" and had a "beautiful personality." He was a senior at Vashon High School in St. Louis.

Templeton thanked the members of the Major Case Squad for the time they put in to this case to find the suspects.

"I don't think they had but three to four hours of sleep since they started. They have done an outstanding job. They have kept me up to date with the things they have been doing. I can't say enough about them. I just thank them so much," she said.

Shanta Henderson said her 17-year-old cousin didn't deserve to be killed.

She, too, is grateful to all of the police investigators who worked to solve the homicide. "They have not been to sleep. I thank each and every one of them," she said.

Coppotelli gave a "shout out" to the Cahokia Police Department. "They were tremendous in supporting us."

He also praised the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department for their "tremendous assistance in helping to solve this case."

The Major Case Squad had 18 detectives working on the case.

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

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