Metro-East News

Man charged with murder in East St. Louis woman’s death

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A 54-year-old East St. Louis man was charged Monday night with first-degree murder in the death of a 36-year-old East St. Louis mother found dead inside her apartment in the Rukavina Building on Saturday night.

Thomas J. Brown, who was originally identified and brought in to the East St. Louis police station as a person of interest, was charged Monday night with one count of first-degree murder, Illinois State Police Sgt. Matt Weller said. A St. Clair County judge set bail for Brown at $5 million

Brown, of 2209 Waverly Ave., Apartment 902, is currently being detained at the East St. Louis Police Department. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in St. Clair County Court.

St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Curt Schildknecht identified the dead woman Sunday as Lenear A. McKissick, of 2903 Waverly Ave., Apartment 1106.

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East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Hubbard said Mckissick's son contacted the East St. Louis Police Department in reference to conducting a well-being check because he had not heard from his mother in a few days.

When the son went by her apartment, Mckissick's music was playing loudly and there was no answer at the door, Hubbard said.

“There were signs of foul play at the scene,” said Hubbard, who said he could not discuss any evidence that was found.

The case was jointly investigated by East St. Louis Detective Jason Hicks and Illinois State Police.