ST. LOUIS – Two weeks after St. Louis police discovered a body wrapped in plastic in a north city neighborhood, a 25-year-old man is facing murder charges.
According to Evita Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the body of Michael Finocchiaro was found on the morning of April 24.
Officers were summoned to the 1500 block of North 10th Street, located in Old North St. Louis, just before 7:50 a.m. They found Finocchiaro had been killed and wrapped in plastic. Finocchiaro was 62. He lived in The Hill neighborhood.
“It’s always a tragedy,” said Alderman Joseph Vollmer, whose ward covers The Hill. “My heart goes out to him and his family.”
The St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office determined Finocchiaro died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.
Homicide detectives eventually arrested Antonio Mosley in connection with Fonocchiaro’s death. Police did not provide a possible motive or additional details about the crime.
When FOX 2 inquired about the victim, investigators directed us to court records, which returned four pages of criminal charges against Finocchiaro over the years. Most of the charges involved theft, and Finocchiaro served some prison time in the past.
Vollmer said city leaders are working to reduce crime in the city.
“We are taking a step in the right direction with the circuit attorney’s office being turned over. That is one part,” he said. “And the other part, the (police) chief is quite impressive. “Hopefully, the state will allow him to do his job and stay out of our business for a little while and let the city control the police department.”
The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged Mosley with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, and abandonment of a corpse. Mosley remains jailed without bond.