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Two charged in beating death of Alton man

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ALTON, Ill. (KMOV) -- Two men were charged Thursday in connection with the death of an Alton, Ill.  man. 

According to the Madison County State Attorney’s office, Ray and Herbert Slack were charged in the killing of Robert Garrett, 77.

On March 16, police were called to Garrett’s home in the 1200 block of Carl Street, where neighbors reported a suspicious vehicle in front of the victim’s home.

Following the initial call from neighbors, police found Garrett’s body in the back of his home, and later stopped the reported vehicle, containing Herbert and Ray Slack.

Upon investigation by the Alton Police Department, evidence retrieved from the vehicle linked Ray Slack to Garrett’s murder. Officials also learned that Ray Slack hit Garrett over the head with a concrete block on March 15 during an argument.

Authorities say Ray and Herbet Slack returned to Garrett’s home on March 16 with the intention of burglarizing his home, which is when neighbors notified the police about the suspicious vehicle.

Ray Slack was charged with two counts of First Degree Murder (Class M), one count of Armed Robbery (Class X) and one count of Attempt Residential Burglary (Class 2). Herbert Slack was charged with Attempt Residential Burglary (Class 2) and Unlawful Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (Class 3). Maximum penalty for Murder is 20-60 years; 6-30 for a Class X felony; 3-7 years for a Class 2 felony and 2-5 years for a Class 3 Felony.

Both suspects, who are from Alton, will be held at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville. Herbert Slack’s bond at $150,000 while Ray Slack is being held without bail.

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