An Alton man goes to trial this week, charged with killing a 19-year old Alton man last year. 22-year-old Marcus A. Baldwin of the 1,000 block of Alton Pointe is charged with three counts of first degree murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Dantavier Thompson of the 200 block of Elizabeth Street in Alton on July 28, 2012.
Investigators say Baldwin shot Thompson as he drove by a home in the 1000 block of Tremont Street just before 11pm that night. One of those shots struck Thompson in the head, resulting in his death. There had apparently been a number of disturbances in the area in the past month involving rival groups of young men in their late teens and early twentys. Jury selection in Baldwin's trial began Monday.