Archive for May 5th, 2009

14-year-old girl shot dead by 16-year-old boy at home

Posted on May 5, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, Illinois |

West Frankfort, IL – Charges have been filed in a West Frankfort shooting death.

Austin Sandefur, 16, faces two counts of first degree murder for the death of Elizabeth Obrecht.  Obrecht, 14, died Tuesday night after being shot at a home on West 7th Street in West Frankfort.

In court documents, authorities allege Sandefur shot Obrecht in the chest with a semi-automatic handgun. More on

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Argument over girl led to shooting death of 16-year-old

Posted on May 5, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, Illinois | Tags: , |

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Authorities say two 18-year-olds have been charged in the drive-by shooting of a 16-year-old Cahokia boy.

DeShawn Bell of Centreville and Travon Watson of Cahokia were each charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of Kenneth Allen.

O’Fallon Police Capt. Eric VanHook says an argument over a girl may have led to the shooting on Tuesday night.

It’s not clear if the teens have attorneys, and neither has a listed telephone number in Centreville or Cahokia. They’re being held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. More on

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Teen shot to death in home basement

Posted on May 5, 2009. Filed under: Illinois, murder |

WHITING, IL — Police are looking for suspects in the apparent homicide of a 19-year-old who was found dead Monday night in the basement of a home he shared with his parents.

Police so far have held several “persons of interests” but have no suspects or eyewitnesses in the shooting of Jordan Linko, said Detective Lt. Sam?Abner.

Police were called to the house in the 1600 block of Center Street by Linko’s father, who heard a gunshot from his son’s basement apartment around 8:45 p.m. He ran to the basement and found his son, bleeding and unresponsive, Abner said.

Linko was shot in the neck and died at the scene, Lake County Coroner Chief Deputy Jeff Wells said. No weapon was found at the murder scene, nor did it appear anything had been stolen.

Linko had a number of friends who frequently visited the apartment, but so far none of those interviewed say they were present at the time of the shooting, Abner said. More on Post-Tribune

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Father arraigned in son’s shooting death

Posted on May 5, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, New Mexico | Tags: , |

GALLUP, New Mexico  – A 46-year-old man has been arraigned on an open count of murder in the shooting death of his adult son at a mobile home north of Gallup.

Mark Krueger pleaded not guilty Wednesday and Magistrate Henrietta Soland set his bond at $100,000 cash.

Krueger is being held at the Gallup-McKinley Adult Detention Center.

Investigators say Krueger and his son, Solomon Krueger, were arguing yesterday when the elder Krueger allegedly fired one shot from a pistol, striking his son in the head. The son died this morning at a hospital in Gallup. More on

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