ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The trial of the Spanish Lake man charged in the 2010 shootout that killed a state fraud investigator is scheduled to begin this morning.

Billy Cushshon-Bey is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Police say that Bey and 18-year-old Jakeem Hicks approached Tyrone Thompson as he exited his SUV on Jerries Lane in north St. Louis County. Thompson, a former Pagedale Police Chief, pulled a weapon.

Thompson and Hicks were killed in the exchange of gunfire. Bey was wounded.

Bey later called police, saying he was a gunshot victim, but detectives say his story soon fell apart.

Investigators say it happened after Bey had lost a craps game and told friends he was going to rob somebody.

The trial is expected to end by Friday.


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