East St. Louis murder suspect convicted of federal drug charges - KMOV.com

East St. Louis murder suspect convicted of federal drug charges

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A man awaiting trial in southwestern Illinois on charges that he killed a 12-year-old boy in a 2008 drive-by shooting has been convicted of federal drug charges.

A jury on Thursday convicted 29-year-old Marcus Powell of Pontoon Beach of two cocaine-distribution counts tied to his January 2008 sale of crack cocaine to an undercover informer.

Powell has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, attempted murder and obstructing justice charges in the Madison County shooting in October 2008 that killed Delarrian Davis.

Police say the boy was doing homework when his home was sprayed by bullets coming from outside.

Investigators contend Powell fired into the house perhaps intending to wound a man who was living with the boy's mother.

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