Suspect in metro-east drug deal slaying is arrested in Las Vegas

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or 618-239-2626.June 2, 2014 

The second suspect wanted in a murder investigation conducted by the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has been captured in Las Vegas, police said Monday morning.

Turhan Robinson was wanted for a murder that happened May 19 in Madison. He is awaiting extradition from Nevada back to Illinois, according to Lt. Mike Nordstrom of the Granite City Police Department.

Robinson, 37, and Terrence T. Lee, were charged by the Madison County State's Attorney's Office with first-degree murder, attempted murder and armed robbery after they allegedly shot Kenneth C. Deal, 43, of Venice.

Deal was shot as suspects tried to rob him of marijuana, according to police reports. The men are accused of dumping Deal's body from their car and then leading officers on a chase through Venice and Brooklyn before heading into St. Louis, where they managed to break away from police.

Officers reported that at least one of the suspects fired at them from the getaway car as they fled.

Lee was captured May 24 at a St. Louis apartment building.

Nordstrom did not say when police expected Robinson to be returned to the metro-east to face charges.

Murder charges are punishable by a term of 35-75 years in prison. Attempted murder, a class X felony, is punishable by 20-80 years in prison and armed robbery, also a class X felony, merits a sentence of 21-45 years, if the suspects are convicted.

Bail for each of the suspects has been set at $1 million, according to court records.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or 618-239-2626.

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