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Three charged in Madison County for weekend killing in downtown Alton

Three charged in Madison County for weekend killing in downtown Alton

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Charleton Merchant and Aareon Vaughn

Aareon Vaughn, left, and Charleton K. Merchant, both 27, were charged with murder in a killing last weekend in downtown Alton. 

ALTON — Three people were charged Tuesday in the weekend killing of an Alton man, police say. 

Charleton K. Merchant and Aareon Vaughn, both 27, were charged with murder, mob action and aggravated battery. 

Merchant faces four murder charges, all in connection with the weekend shooting, along with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. Vaughn faces two murder charges. 

Terence L. Hicks, 34, was shot just after midnight Sunday in the 300 block of State Street in downtown Alton. Police said he died at a hospital. 

Police say both men were given various murder charges due to different theories they’ve investigated for how Hicks was killed. 

A woman, Terrea Gates, 30, is also charged with obstructing justice for hiding a 9mm gun, police say.

All three suspects were arrested and being held at Alton's police department.

2020 St. Louis area homicide map: Click the top left corner of the map to see a list of homicides by date. Then, click the date for a summary of what happened.

Type of killing
Unspecified Homicide
Police Shooting
Justified Homicide
Child Abuse
Vehicular Homicide
Suspicious Death


2019 homicide map

2018 homicide map

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2014 homicide map



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