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He was found guilty of killing a man over weed. He says he’s being railroaded.

Turhan Robinson’s sentencing for murder was postponed in Madison County IL court after an extended rant against the judge, prosecutors, police and his own attorney in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. At one point during the sentencing, the defense attorney requested withdrawal, and the judge ordered a hearing of Robinson’s grievances before sentencing could take place.

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Former church elder faces 21 additional child porn charges, allegedly hid cameras

David Von Bergen has been charged with 21 additional counts of child pornography and unauthorized videotaping relating to cameras he allegedly hid throughout Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis MO. He was charged last year with unauthorized videotaping, but forensics were able to recover images from the cameras. His son is serving an 80-year sentence for child pornography and sexual assault of children.

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Parents charged with manslaughter in death of infant

Matthew Elkins, age 2 months, died shortly after paramedics transported him from a New Douglas, IL home to a hospital in Staunton. Amy and Timothy Elkins Jr. are each charged with involuntary manslaughter and 10 counts of child endangerment, charged with raising their nine children in squalor and neglect. They live in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

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Infant dies in New Douglas; DCFS investigation underway

An infant died early Tuesday in New Douglas, IL and police and DCFS are investigating. The house to which paramedics were called has been secured for condemnation, police said. New Douglas is located in Madison County IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

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Former police officer pleads guilty to on-duty burglaries

Brian Barker, former officer with the Edwardsville IL Police Department, pleaded guilty Monday more than two years after he was indicted on dozens of charges, including burglary, residential burglary, possession of stolen firearms, arson and official misconduct. The case has dragged on in courts in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO with the prosecution insisting on no less than 20 years in prison.

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Jury reaches verdict on whether man is sexually dangerous

The jury received the case of James Lopes at 9:30 a.m. Thursday after brief closing statements by prosecutors and Lopes, who is representing himself. They returned a verdict after less than an hour. Lopes now will be incarcerated in a treatment facility for an undetermined length of time. Lopes has remained in custody in the Madison County Jail in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, since April 2016, when he allegedly approached several young girls with their parents nearby.

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Man on trial says he would marry a child but isn’t a pedophile

The trial establishing whether James Lopes is sexually dangerous focused on his alleged actions in Collinsville IL and Edwardsville IL approaching young children and his history in Oregon, where a conviction was overturned by the state Supreme Court. Lopes trial began Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 with jury selection in Madison County court in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

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Man says religion allows sex with children. Jury will decide if he’s dangerous.

James Lopes is about to go on trial to determine whether he is sexually dangerous, and is representing himself in Madison County Circuit Court in Edwardsville, IL. Lopes posted a series of online videos shot in a Collinsville, IL park in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, promoting sexual relations with children as a religious rite, and has been charged with several felony and misdemeanor counts alleging he approached young children.

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Parents charged with multiple felonies in infant son's death

The parents of a 2-month-old infant have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and multiple counts of child endangerment relating to their other children.
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Parents charged with multiple felonies in infant son's death 2:59

Parents charged with multiple felonies in infant son's death

Prosecutor responds to call for DNA testing in 1983 murder case 1:16

Prosecutor responds to call for DNA testing in 1983 murder case

Woman charged with felony in connection with Monday incident near Marissa 3:30

Woman charged with felony in connection with Monday incident near Marissa

State's Attorney talks sentencing for man who shot at trooper 1:22

State's Attorney talks sentencing for man who shot at trooper