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Stetson T. Culpepper

Stetson Culpepper was charged by the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office on May 23, 2019 with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Toby. Photo courtesy of the Illinois State Police

EAST ST. LOUIS • A Cahokia man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter following the shooting death of another Cahokia man in East St. Louis on May 14.

Stetson T. Culpepper, 28 was charged Thursday by the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office with involuntary manslaughter and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

East St. Louis police responded to the Samuel Gompers Housing Complex at 450 North 6th Street at about 10:40 p.m. on May 14 and discovered Eric R. Roby, 30 suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The East St. Louis Police Department requested the assistance of the Illinois State Police with the investigation. The investigation pointed to Culpepper, an acquaintance of Roby's.

Culpepper allegedly acted "in a reckless manner," according to an Illinois State Police statement, and "performed acts likely to cause the death or great bodily harm to some individual in that he pointed a loaded firearm in the direction" of the victim when he knew it was loaded and then fired it, hitting Roby in the chest. 

Culpepper is being held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. 

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