June 26, 2014

Murder suspect accused of throwing feces, urine on St. Clair County jail guards

A murder suspect in the St. Clair County Jail is facing additional felony charges for allegedly throwing feces and urine at three guards as the guards entered his cell.

According to St. Clair County Sheriff's Department reports, Ronnie J. Gulley Jr., 22, placed a blanket over the door of his cell so guards couldn't see what he was doing. He refused to take the blanket down when ordered to do so. When guards attempted to enter his cell to take it down, he unleashed his attack.

In addition to throwing bodily fluids on the guards, Gulley allegedly also threw punches at them. According to the sheriff's department, he punched one of the guards in the face twice.

Gulley has been charged with four counts of aggravated battery against a police officer.

Gulley, who is from Swansea, was jailed on $1 million bail after what police called a 20-minute crime spree on July 1. He is blamed for shooting 65-year-old George Tolliver as he sat in his truck on 86th Street in East St. Louis. The murder was investigated by the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis and it was determined it was a random killing. In addition to the murder charge, Gulley is also accused of armed robbery, battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful restraint and attempted robbery.

The suspect was previously convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and retail theft.

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