ST. LOUIS • The woman who police say was gunned down by her boyfriend and his brother Sunday in an ambush outside a St. Louis home had recently broken off the relationship because of abuse, court documents say. Both men, and their mother, are charged with murder.
After the breakup, Jolice Trice moved into a home in the 700 block of Thrush Avenue with a friend. Sunday, police say, the men’s mother, Patricia Perkins, called together a group which included her son, who is also Trice’s ex-boyfriend, Terrell Perkins. Patricia Perkins was armed with a pipe and her son Terrell Perkins had a gun, court documents said, and the group then went to the home to assault Trice. Terrell Perkins allegedly waited in the street while his brother hid on the side of the house, police say.
When Trice and two other women left the house about 4:40 p.m., Terrell Perkins and his brother, DeonAndre Ford, began shooting, court documents allege. Several children were nearby but not hurt.
Trice, 25, was shot in the leg, in the femoral artery, and was pronounced dead at Barnes-Jewish Hospital about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
One of Trice’s friends hid behind a vehicle, but was shot in the foot and suffered a graze wound to the back. The woman, 28, was not seriously injured.
Another woman, 24, was shot in the back and critically hurt. She underwent surgery. Police did not release the names of the two injured women.
The shooting, in the 700 block of Thrush, was in the city’s Baden neighborhood.
Terrell Perkins, 26, and Ford, 21, both of the 700 block of Baden Avenue in St. Louis, were each charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and multiple other counts, including two counts of first-degree assault, five counts of armed criminal action, two counts of shooting a firearm at or from a motor vehicle, and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Patricia Perkins, 53, also of the 700 block of Baden, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and three counts of armed criminal action.
All three suspects were being held without bail.
Patricia Perkins, Terrell Perkins and Ford all have convictions for drug possession.
Police say Terrell Perkins and Trice had dated several years.