Alton man convicted for killing cousin

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – It took a Madison County jury less than six hours to convict an Alton man for the July 2011 murder of that man’s cousin.

Damond Riddlespriger was convicted of first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 22-year-old Marlon Poindexter.

The murder happened July 11, 2011 around 4 p.m. Poindexter met up with Riddlespriger and two other men, and all four were in a car. Riddlespriger was seated behind Poindexter, who was in the driver’s seat.

Prosecutors said Riddlespriger pulled out a gun and shot his cousin once in the back of the head. Poindexter was taken to a local hospital where was pronounced dead.

Investigators suspect Riddlespriger had been upset with Poindexter over a relationship with a female acquaintance.

Riddlespriger faces between 20 and 60 years in prison for the murder conviction, and he will have to serve 100 percent of the sentence. In addition, he’s eligible for an additional 25-year sentence for using a firearm.