Roommate charged in Parkfield Terrace man's death

News-DemocratFebruary 11, 2014 

A 21-year-old Cahokia man was charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of his roommate whose body was found Thursday night in front of a home on Amelia Drive, the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis announced Tuesday.

Mohammed A. Abuharba, of 179 Amelia Drive in Parkfield Terrace, near Cahokia, was charged in the death of William E. Harriel Jr., 26, also of 179 Amelia Drive. St. Clair County Circuit Judge Heinz Rudolf set bail for Abuharba at $5 million.

Police, who responded to a call of gun shots fired, man down found Harriel's lifeless body lying on the road in the area of 159 Amelia Drive, with one gunshot wound to his head, George Mokriakow, deputy commander of the Major Case said Tuesday afternoon at press conference at the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department.

Harriel was a registered sex offender. Mokriakow said police believe they know the motive for the murder, bur he said he was not going to release it at this time. The fact that Harriel was a registered sex offender " not an apparent motive." Mokriakow would only say there had been a dispute between the two and it occurred the same night as the murder. And, Mokriakow would not say whether police recovered the weapon used in the shooting death of Harriel.

Police located Abuharba in Cahokia . Asked whether he gave himself up to police without any resistance, Mokriakow declined to say.

Mokriakow said St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson made the decision to activate the Major Case Squad and the 14 member team with investigators from Belleville, O'Fallon, Collinsville, Cahokia , Southern Illinois university, Madison and St. Clair County Sheriff Departments, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and Granite city spent 56 hours each on the investigation for a total of 685 total hours. And, after the news conference, Mokriakow said the team was disbanding.

Watson applauded the outstanding work of all of the investigators.

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