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Diata Crockett Has Been Charged With First-Degree Murder
May 25, 2016

Diata Crockett Has Been Charged With First-Degree Murder

Language from probable cause statement:

"S.C. and defendant were married and have six children in common.  On May 23, 2016 defendant was driving a black Hyundai Sonata with S.C. and the three youngest children in the vehicle.  Defendant and S.C. were arguing over their relationship when S.C. told defendant she wanted a divorce.  Defendant became angry and struck S.C. with a semi-automatic pistol that had an extended clip.  S.C. climbed into the backseat with the children, ReC (8 months old), RyC (2 years old) and B.C. (3 years old).  Defendant told S.C. that he should have killed her yesterday and that he was going to kill her and himself.  Defendant drove in the direction of a secluded area where he had taken S.C. on past occasions.  S.C. feared that defendant would kill her and along the way, found an opportunity to escape the vehicle.  She was holding the baby, Re.C., when she opened the car door.  She only made it a few steps from the car when she heard a “pop” and felt burning on her arm.  While holding the baby, she ran across a grass median on Riverview Bld. and tried to get help from a passing vehicle.  After several vehicles passed her, a motorist stopped and told S.C. to get in his car.  S.C. got into the car and defendant began following the vehicle at a high rate of speed while B.C. and Ry. C were in the backseat of defendant’s car.  While en route, S.C. realized that Re.C. was injured and was losing color.  The motorist drove S.C. and Re.C. to a nearby hospital where Re.C. was pronounced dead.  The cause of death for Re.C. was a gunshot wound.  Defendant has been convicted of the felonies of Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Resisting Arrest for a felony, and Forgery (10SL-CR09374-01) in the Circuit Court for St. Louis County, State of Missouri."

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded guilty.   


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