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East St. Louis man accused of killing Illinois trooper now faces federal charges

East St. Louis man accused of killing Illinois trooper now faces federal charges

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EAST ST. LOUIS — A man from East St. Louis already facing a state murder charge in the shooting death of Illinois State Trooper Nicholas Hopkins last year has been indicted on federal charges, prosecutors said Thursday.

A federal grand jury indicted Christopher R. Grant, 46, on eight counts, including use of a firearm to commit murder in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Grant also is charged with three counts of distributing crack cocaine from July 9 to Aug. 21, and other drug and gun charges.

Hopkins was killed Aug. 23 while executing a state search warrant at a home in East St. Louis. Grant was at the home in the 1400 block of North 42nd Street dealing crack cocaine and shot Hopkins with a Glock 9 mm pistol, authorities said.

“We continue to mourn for Nick and his family and we will continue our work to honor his sacrifice,” U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft said.

Grant maintained a “drug-involved premises” from Feb. 1 to Aug. 23 and had five pistols and three rifles, including an AK-47-style rifle and an AR-15 rifle, despite having a felony conviction, according to the indictment.

No lawyer is listed for Grant in the federal case. His first appearance in court is not yet scheduled. Grant already faces a state murder charge and his lawyer in that case declined to comment on the new charges.

Hopkins, 33, of Waterloo, had been a trooper for a decade. He was married and had 4-year-old twins and an infant daughter.

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