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ST. LOUIS — A man was charged Saturday with murder after police say he fatally shot a man on Thanksgiving morning during a fight.  

Robert D. Smith, 49, of St. Louis faces one count of murder in the first-degree and one count of armed criminal action in the shooting death Thursday of Todd Toston Sr., 61. 

Smith and Toston both lived in the 1400 block of Arlington Avenue, where police officers responded shortly after 12:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of a shooting and found Toston shot in the chest, police said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Smith shot Toston during a fight, police said Saturday. Police took Smith into custody Thursday at the shooting scene.

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The shooting happened in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood, where total crime is down nearly 9 percent from the same six-month period a year ago. 

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Reporter covering breaking news and crime by night. Born in Algeria but grew up in St. Louis. Previously reported for The Associated Press in Jackson, Mississippi and at the Wichita Eagle in Wichita, Kansas.