Man charged with first-degree murder in killing of former East St. Louis track star

A Belleville man has been charged in the 2018 killing of an East St. Louis man who was found shot dead in his car outside a MetroLink station.

On Thursday, the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office announced it had charged Marvion D. Brady, 20, with one count of first-degree murder. His bail was set at $1 million.

Brady is accused of killing Sanchez Rhodes, a former East St. Louis track star, on Oct. 20. At the time, Illinois State Police Sgt. Jerri Hochmuth told the Belleville News-Democrat that someone struck a fence in the 3000 block of St. Clair Avenue near the MetroLink. Inside, police found 20-year-old Rhodes, who had been shot when he was driving.

“He was shot once in his head and was pronounced at 6:40 p.m. at the scene,” St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye said in 2018.

Rhodes’ best friend, Roosevelt Davis Jr., was shot in killed in Cahokia just six months before.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.