A Belleville man is charged in the shooting death of a St. Louis man in Alton Saturday afternoon. Investigators believe 33-year-old Antoine D. Parker killed 39-year-old Melvin L. Hayes at an abandoned home at 1000 Market Street. Although police don’t think he was the shooter, he is being charged for his alleged role in the incident.
Police believe the shooting may have been drug related. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says it is unfortunate two men who don’t live in Alton brought their alleged criminal activity to the city.
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Parker is facing three counts of Murder, one count of Armed Robbery, and one count of Armed Violence. The investigation into the murder is ongoing and additional charges are expected.