Man convicted of killing brothers in St. Louis

Derrie Williams

ST. LOUIS – A man has been convicted of fatally shooting two brothers as they stepped off a city bus in St. Louis.

Jurors found 28-year-old Derrie Williams guilty Monday of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and two counts of armed criminal action in the September 2014 deaths of 34-year-old James Dent and 25-year-old Steven Dent. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Williams had been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, but the jury reduced one of those counts.

Charges were filed after an eye witness came forward two years after the shooting in the city’s West End neighborhood.

Defense lawyer Brian Horneyer argued that the police investigation was “incomplete” and “sloppy.” He says police failed to collect DNA from blood at the crime scene.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 7.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,