St. Louis police: Jennings man shot uncle to death over pork steaks

2012-09-11T14:15:00Z 2012-09-25T12:21:03Z St. Louis police: Jennings man shot uncle to death over pork steaksFROM STAFF REPORTS stltoday.com

UPDATED at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday with details of what led to shooting.

ST. LOUIS • A Jennings man used a shotgun to settle a fight with his uncle over pork steaks early Monday in St. Louis, police say.

John Cunningham, 43, of the 2000 block of Wedgewood Drive in Jennings, was charged Monday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Lessie E. Lowe, 44.

Lowe, who lived in the 5600 block of Hiller Place in St. Louis, is the maternal uncle of Cunningham, police say.

The shooting in the home on Hiller Place stemmed from an argument between Lowe and Cunningham over whether the cuts of meat they were planning to cook were pork steaks or pork chops, police say.

Cunningham said they were pork steaks, police said. Lowe disagreed.

After the argument became physical about 1 a.m. Monday, the two had to be separated by someone else in the home, police say. Cunningham went to another part of the home, grabbed a shotgun and shot Lowe, police said.

Lowe died later at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Cunningham, who was correct about the meat, was taken into custody. 

L.C. Lowe of Hazelwood, who is Lessie Lowe's oldest brother and one of 17 siblings, said Lessie Lowe was a "smart young man" who liked to fix cars and make other repairs. L.C. Lowe said he wasn't at the home on Hiller Place when his brother was slain, but that he knew Cunningham and his brother were close and liked to hang around together.

-Kim Bell, Joel Currier and Christine Byers of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

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