Police look for man in connection with slaying near Belleville

News-DemocratFebruary 18, 2014 

Police are asking for the public's help to find a person of interest wanted in connection with last week's shooting death in an apartment near Belleville.

Ricky R. Moore Jr., 27, of 423 S. 20th St. in Belleville, is wanted for questioning in reference to the homicide of Darrin Hayes, according to St. Clair County Captain Scott Weymouth.

Hayes, 25, was shot in front of his two children, ages 2 years and 2 months, Feb. 9 inside his apartment at 5902 Gateway Industrial Drive in unincorporated Belleville.

Moore has an active warrant for his arrest for petition to revoke probation. His bail is set at $50,000, Weymouth said.

Three people were charged last week in connection with the killing.

Anthony P. Allen, 21, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Amanda M. Kent, 26, of O'Fallon, each were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder. Brittney Y. Moore, 24, of Belleville, was charged with obstructing justice.

Authorities continue to investigate. Anyone with additional information should contact St. Clair County Investigator Frank Bennett at618-825-5309.

Contact reporter Maria Hasenstab at mhasenstab@bnd.com or 618-239-2460.