Suspect in two deadly St. Louis shootings linked to a third

ST. LOUIS – Authorities say a suspect in two deadly St. Louis shootings has been linked to a third.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 21-year-old William Malik Pearson Jr. is charged with first-degree murder and other charges in the November 2017 shooting that killed 21-year-old Leon Smith Jr. and wounded an 18-year-old woman. His attorney didn’t immediately return a phone message. He’s been jailed since earlier this year.

Smith previously dated a woman, who’s charged along with Pearson in the January 2017 shooting that killed Genna Clements and wounded a man.

Court documents also say cartridge casings found at the scene where Smith was killed match those found after 16-year-old James Scales was fatally shot at a bus stop in September 2017. Pearson is one of four people charged in Scales’ death.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,