Brett Blume

BELLEVILLE, Ill. –  Three people have now been charged in connection with this week’s stabbing death of 38-year-old Melvin Gregory, known to friends as Ashley.

Those charged include his live-in girlfriend, 57-year-old Donna Mrkacek.

Major Case Squad spokesperson Lt. Mike Dixon says this all goes back to last Sunday night.

“(Gregory) was living in Caseyville at the defendant’s (Mrkacek) home,” Lt. Dixon said, noting that Gregory had been living out-of-state just two weeks prior.  “On Sunday night, the victim in this case – Mr. Gregory – got into a confrontation with his live-in girlfriend.”

Dixon says as the argument got more heated, 32-year-old Billie Jo “Carli” Carson and Mrkacek’s nephew 26-year-old Dylan Baldwin attacked Gregory, who was stabbed multiple times.

“I wouldn’t want to go into the specific details of the evidence that’s available, but I would describe it as brutal,” Dixon told reporters during a press conference Friday morning at St. Clair County Sheriff’s headquarters.

The suspects then hauled Gregory’s body out into a car and dumped it near a levee off Highway 163 in Centreville, according to the charges.

That’s where the body was discovered Tuesday night by people riding horses in the area.

Baldwin and Carson face 1st degree murder charges and are being held on $1 million bond each.

Mrkacek is accused of assisting in the attempt to cover it up.

She’s being held on $300,000 bond on counts of concealment of a homicidal death and obstructing  justice.

Still being sought is 37-year-old Christopher M. Mays Jr., described as “Carli” Carson’s boyfriend.

“He has been identified through the investigation as someone who was with this group on the night in question,” Dixon said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mays or any other information related to this investigation are asked to contact the Major Case Squad at (618) 825-5200 or the St. Clair County Communications Center at (618) 277-3500.

Dixon says their initial request for help from the public generated more than 75 leads in just two days and helped lead them to the arrests.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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