East St. Louis man charged with murder

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An East St. Louis man facing a murder charge stemming from a shooting that occurred March 22 also was charged in connection with an armed robbery that occurred just a couple blocks away earlier that evening.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly on Wednesday handed down the murder charge against Kendall Williams, 18, of East St. Louis.

According to Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Mark Doiron, East St. Louis officers responded after a neighbor reported hearing a gunshot in the 500 block of Wimmer Place at 10:45 p.m. March 22 and launched a murder investigation when 22-year-old Kenyon Logan was found dead on the side of the road. Logan was shot once in the head.

The murder occurred less than 25 minutes after police took a report of an armed robbery at a convenience store on State Street. Armed with the gun he would later use to shoot Logan, Williams and 21-year-old Melvin T. Blue allegedly stole cash and other items from two men outside the store at the intersection of State Street and 18th Street, police say.

The armed robbery victims reported the crime at 10:22 p.m. The convenience store is three blocks from where Logan was found dead.

“These were totally seperate incidents,” Doiron said, noting that Blue was not with Williams at the time of the murder. He said a possible motive for the murder was unknown.

“We were working the murder but then went back in time and our investigation showed that basically (Williams and Blue) were in the area of the convenience store,” Doiron said.

Williams and Blue were being held Wednesday in the St. Clair County Jail. Bail for Williams was set at $500,000, while bail for Blue was set at $250,000.