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Man convicted in Craigslist killing of SIUE student

CLAYTON, Mo. - A jury convicted a local man for the May 2015 killing a 19-year-old SIUE student after he lured the victim by responding to a Craigslist ad.

The suspect, Michael Gordon, was convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Prosecutors said  Gordon, 27, shot and killed Taylor Clark at a Hazelwood truck driver training school where Gordon worked.

Clark, a St. Jacob, Illinois native, was trying to sell his car on Craigslist and Gordon responded to the ad. Police said Clark met Gordon at the business where Gordon was supposedly going to test drive the car during his lunch break. Instead, investigators said Gordon shot Clark in the head and killing him. Gordon then tried to hide Clark's body and returned to work.

Clark's body and his car were found the next day.