Second Missouri man charged with fatally shooting East St. Louis man

News-DemocratMarch 27, 2014 

The second of two Missouri men who police say shot and killed an East St. Louis man was charged with first-degree murder Thursday in connection with the shooting death of an East St. Louis man last month.

Greg D. Seddens, 24, of 4141 Obear Ave. in St. Louis, was charged in the death of Melvin C. Connors III, 21, during an armed robbery on Feb. 16 on the parking lot of Nathan's Health Care at 5050 Summit Ave. in East St. Louis, Detective Ronald McClellan said.

Matthew Caves, 24, of 1 Elmdale Court in St. Peters, Mo., was charged last month with first-degree murder in connection with Connors' death.

Connors, of the 600 block of North 78th Street in East St. Louis, was shot in his head while sitting in his car on the parking lot of the health care center, a senior assisted living facility. He was talking to his girlfriend, who was an employee at Nathan's Health Center.

A car with the two suspects in it drove onto the parking lot.

"The suspects got out and got into the victim's car, shot him and fled with the car," McClellan said.

After Caves was located in St. Peters, he was brought to the East St. Louis Police Department and was charged Feb. 22, McClellan said. Caves was being held in St. Clair County jail in lieu of $2 million bail on Thursday.

Seddens was being held on Thursday in the justice center in Clayton, Mo., waiting to be extradited to Illinois.

McClellan said investigators from East St. Louis and Illinois State Police went to a location in St. Louis County on Wednesday looking for another individual but instead were able to capture Seddens.

"He initially gave a fictitious name, but we recognized his face from photos we had. With assistance from Country Club Hills Police, the suspect was arrested and taken to the Northwoods, Mo., Police Department until he was transferred Thursday to the justice center in Clayton, Mo.," McClellan said.

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

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