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Albert C. Ross

Albert C. Ross Jr., was charged Sept. 5, 2019, with one count of first degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, a felon in possession of a firearm, and obstructing justice.

ST. CLAIR COUNTY — A 43-year-old man was charged Thursday in the killing of a man found dead this week on an East St. Louis residential street.

Albert C. Ross, Jr., of Godfrey, faces counts for first-degree murder,  obstructing justice, aggravated discharge of a firearm and a felon in possession of a firearm.

He is accused of shooting and killing Justen Conner, 32, whose body was found about 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 1600 block of Belmont Avenue in East St. Louis. Charges allege Ross also fired shots at another person that night. 

He has a previous felony conviction for attempted burglary, and was found in possession of a a .45 caliber handgun, according to Illinois State Police. 

Police allege Ross attempted to destroy evidence against him by hiding or destroying a gun.

Ross' bond was set at $1 million. He was in custody Thursday at the East St. Louis Police Department. 

East St. Louis police and Illinois State Police investigated the shooting.