It took a Madison County Jury about 4 hours to return a guilty verdict in the trial of an Alton man accused of killing an elderly acquaintance. 43-year-old Ray T. Slack was charged March 17, 2011 in the murder of 77-year-old Robert Garrett at Garrett's home on Carl Street, which is off of State Street near West Elementary and the Catholic Children's Home.
Slack was convicted of first degree murder and armed robbery. The Madison County State's Attorney's Office says Garrett was killed by Ray Slack in an argument over money. Slack allegedly hit Garrett with a concrete bird bath and strangled him. He and another relative allegedly returned to Garrett's home the following day with the intention of robbing him, but alert neighbors noticed the two men in a truck that wasn't normally seen in the neighborhood and called police. The other relative, Herbert L. Slack, is charged with attempted residential burglary and unlawful failure to register as a sex offender. His case is still pending.