A St. Louis man has been convicted in the death of a woman whose body was dumped in an Illinois landfill.
ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis man has been convicted in the death of a woman whose body was dumped in an Illinois landfill.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 54-year-old Paulren Stepter was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 23-year-old Brandy Morrison. Police say he killed her in his home in January 2017 before dumping her corpse in a nearby bin. Her body later was found in a landfill in Marissa, Illinois.
He was acquitted of abandoning Morrison's body and evidence tampering. Stepter also is awaiting trial in the December 2016 killing of 40-year-old Arnold Adams in St. Louis, his third murder case.
Stepter was arrested and convicted of that crime, but the Missouri Supreme Court overturned the conviction on what Payton described as a technicality. In his new trial, he was found not guilty.
In 1987, Stepter was sentenced to life plus 30 years for first-degree murder and first-degree assault convictions in a shooting a year earlier that left a woman dead and a man wounded. That shooting happened after a quarrel over Stepter's then-girlfriend. The Missouri Supreme Court later overturned the conviction, and Stepter was found not guilty when the case was retried.