Crime

East St. Louis man charged in shooting death of 19-year-old

Kenneth Harlen was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 19-year-old East St. Louis man.
Kenneth Harlen was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 19-year-old East St. Louis man.

An East St. Louis man was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Zioyun Moton.

Moton, 19, died at a St. Louis hospital hours after being shot Monday night in East St. Louis.

Kenneth Harlen, 20, of East St. Louis is charged in the death. He was in custody in East St. Louis on Thursday morning on $50,000 bail.

Moton was shot at a home in the 1100 block of 23rd Street in East St. Louis on Monday. Illinois State Police said that Harlen, “acting in a reckless manner,” fired a gun and caused Moton’s death.

In this file video, East St. Louis Police Chief Jerry Simon talks about building trust in the community and reducing homicides.

Reporter Mary Cooley follows the crimes and court goings-on in the metro-east; she has a special affinity for the oddities that make life in Southern Illinois interesting. Mary has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and previously worked as a copy editor at newspapers in the Southeast.


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