EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – Bond is set at half-a-million dollars for a man accused of killing a college student over a botched marijuana deal in the Metro-East.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons Monday filed charges against 24-year-old Deneshion Swope of East St. Louis.

Information gathered by the Major Case Squad led prosecutors to Swope, who they accuse of killing 21-year-old Jarrett Mosby of Collinsville, in Madison on December 23rd.

Gibbons tells KMOX the evidence indicates Mosby picked-up Swope to sell him drugs, “Obviously, any time any individual is involved in the drug trade, there’s an enormous risk. Not just of prosecution, not just of being engaged in illegal activity, but for just personal safety.”

An argument escalated into Swope firing a handgun seven times, killing Mosby.

The suspect later moved the car to a different location, police say.

Mosby was a college student at the University of Missouri in town visiting relatives during the holiday break.

Gibbons has a message for friends and family of the victim, “Our hearts and prayers go out to them. I’m sure there are probably quite a few who are shocked (by what investigators found).”


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