Updated: 2:15 p.m., Dec. 18.
CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – A St. Louis man is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, accused of killing four people in a north St. Louis County home on August 24.
County police say 20-year-old Ja’Vonne Dupree is jailed without bond.
Dupree allegedly fired the shots that killed 56-year-old Patricia Steward, her two sons (10-year-old Terrance Dehart and 20-year-old Joseph Corley), and a friend (18-year-old Deandre Kelly).
“We kept this as quiet as possible once it was developed that we had a suspect, that there was evidence sufficient to charge him, and a potential location, because someone that’s going to execute four people, including a 10-year-old, is clearly a clear and present danger,” says County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
McCulloch would not say what the motive was, or whether the gunman started out planning to kill three adults and a 10-year-old boy.
He is saying it wasn’t a random act — that the shooter knew the family.
Dupree is also charged with four counts of first-degree robbery, nine counts of armed criminal action, one count of burglary, and one count of tampering with evidence.
Police say Dupree robbed the victims of electronics and clothing, picked up several shell casings, and fled the scene in a victim’s car.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
A suspect is now in custody for last summer’s quadruple murder inside a north St. Louis County home.
Police say the suspect is a 20-year-old man. His name has not been released.
Police were called to the Balmoral Drive home of Patricia Steward in late August when she failed to show for work. Inside, they found Steward’s body along with the bodies of her sons, 10-year-old Terrance Dehart and 20-year-old Joseph Corley, and that an 18-year-old friend, Deandre Kelly.
Police have released no motive for the shootings.