Second suspect charged in teen's death in Cahokia

News-DemocratJanuary 7, 2014 

— A second man has been charged in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old male, who was killed last week in Cahokia.

Nikkei Turner, 24, of Nelson Drive in St. Louis, was charged by State's Attorney Brendan Kelly with murder with intention to kill or injure and aggravated unlawful restraint.

Bail was set at $3 million for Turner was held in the Cahokia City Jail waiting to be transported to the St. Clair County Jail.

The first murder suspect, Henry Davis, 23 of St. Louis, was charged Saturday afternoon with the first-degree murder of Allen S. Templeton, 17, also of St. Louis. Bail for Davis was set at $5 million. He is in the St. Clair County jail.

The major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was activated immediately after the killing of Templeton on Dec. 30. Tom Coppotelli, deputy commander, said Saturday that the teen's death appeared to be retaliatory. Coppotelli said the suspects believed Templeton had something to do with them being robbed earlier in the day in St. Louis.

Cahokia Police Chief James Jones said he wants residents to know that the homicide did not involve Cahokia residents.

Coppotelli said police have plenty of evidence to suggest that the suspects murdered Templeton in Cahokia.

Police received a call reporting shots fired initially. But, a short time after a first call, that occurred at 6:40 p.m., a second call reporting a man down came into the police department Jones said.

When officers arrived they found Templeton's body on the ground on Circle Creek Drive in the Pheasant Hill Mobile Home Park. He sustained bullet wounds to his head and neck area, Jones said.

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