Cahokia man accused of killing wife commits suicide before trial

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 6:45 PM

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CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) -- Police say a 58-year-old Cahokia man committed suicide, days before he was set to stand trial for the 2012 death of his wife.

 

The Belleville News-Democrat reports Ovie Sumpter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He was set to stand trial on April 21 after being charged with first-degree murder for the death of his 53-year-old wife, Tina Sumpter. He was also charged with aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with the shooting of his son.

Authorities say the Millstadt man’s body was found Friday.

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