Erin Heffernan is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Caleb A. Lenhardt pleaded to aggravated DUI in the killing of Katie Bunt, 21, of Wood River, and will be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Antonio Taylor was charged with first-degree murder in the death last year of Gary Flemings, according to charges filed Thursday.
Authorities said Wednesday that 41-year-old Justin Leeman was the victim of a stabbing at his South County home a day earlier.
The cases involve five homicides, including a shooting in which three were killed, in Madison County in December and January.
The babies' mother called police to the 2100 block of Rountree Drive near Spanish Lake on Wednesday morning, saying she unexpectedly went into labor.
Rico Terrell Clark, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the death of Megan Moody Clark, who was shot nine times.
Marvin Humphrey faces felony charges of first-degree murder in connection to the shooting of a father and son at a Love's Travel Stop.
Sheriff's deputies found the animals in a trailer, where their owner had been dead for more than a week.
Friends of Timothy M. Banowetz say he had hoped to secure a lucrative position as a pharmacist. But he's now being held on a first-degree murder charge.