St. Louis double murder case dismissed after no indictment
ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis judge has dismissed a double murder case because the suspect has been jailed since August without an indictment or preliminary hearing.
Associate Circuit Judge Craig Higgins on Thursday threw out the case against 63-year-old Willie Little.
Prosecutors allege he shot and killed 41-year-old Toni Washburn and 62-year-old Mark Kuhlenberg in August.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Curran and District Defender Matthew Mahaffey said Friday that Little’s 176 days in jail exceeded a state Supreme Court rule that a preliminary hearing must be held within “a reasonable time” after felony charges are filed.