Cahokia Man Charged With Murder In Wife’s Death

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CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) – Police say a 57-year-old Cahokia man shot and killed his wife and wounded his son before fleeing to Missouri.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports  that Ovie Sumpter is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, 53-year-old Tina Sumpter. He’s also charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm for allegedly shooting his 23-year-old son, Jason Sumpter.

Cahokia police called to the home around 5 a.m. Saturday found Tina Sumpter with a gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jason Sumpter was at a neighbor’s house and told police he believed his father was headed for Missouri. Ovie Sumpter was stopped and arrested a short time later by police in Pevely, Mo.

Police haven’t commented on a possible motive.

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