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St. Louis man found guilty in first of two murder cases against him

St. Louis man found guilty in first of two murder cases against him

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St Louis Shootings

This undated photo provided by the St. Louis County Police Department shows Casey Lowery, of St. Louis, who is a suspect in two fatal shootings in the St. Louis area on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Police in Selmer, Tenn., arrested Lowery Thursday night after he was allegedly found walking naked along a street. Lowery has been charged with first-degree murder in St. Louis County. (St. Louis County Police Department via AP)

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis man was found guilty Thursday of murdering a woman and paralyzing her boyfriend in a shooting in the city's Baden neighborhood in 2017.

Jurors found Casey Lowery, 41, guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action in the May 25, 2017 shooting in the 1100 block of Canaan Avenue.

Keiva Jones, 29, was found shot to death in a vacant lot about 8:35 a.m. that day. Corvell Wraggs, 52, was found shot in the head in an alley on the block. The shooting left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Casey Lowery

Casey Lowery, of St. Louis, was arrested in Tennessee, naked along the side of a road while declaring himself the son of God, in connection with fatal shootings in St. Louis and St. Louis County. 

Authorities said Lowery shot Wraggs as Wraggs was talking to a utility worker in the block about fixing a burned-out light, and robbed the worker of his cellphone before fleeing in a pickup truck. Authorities said he then fatally shot Jones in a nearby vacant lot, and that the worker's cellphone was found next to Jones' body.

Prosecutors did not offer a motive for the shootings at trial but said the utility worker's and Wraggs' identification of Lowery as the shooter and the discovery of the cellphone near Jones' body were strong evidence of Lowery's guilt. One of Lowery's defense lawyers told jurors detectives had coerced the worker and Wraggs into identifying Lowery from police photos and that the evidence was insufficient to find him guilty.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 5 before Judge Scott Millikan.

Lowery still has a pending murder case in St. Louis County. Authorities say he fatally shot Andre Jones, 28, at a Conoco gas station parking lot near Dunn Road and Interstate 270 about 10 minutes after the Baden shooting.

Andre Jones

Andre Jones, 28, was fatally shot Thursday, May 25, 2017, at a gas station in the 3600 block of Dunn Road. Photo provided by family.

After the shootings, police arrested Lowery walking naked down a road in Tennessee.

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