St. Louis County man linked to 2 murders sentenced to 23 years

Jeffrey Tod pleads guilty to two murders
Jeffrey Tod pleads guilty to two murders(St. Louis County)
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 8:43 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2022 at 12:03 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) - A Calverton Park man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison on Tuesday for the 2018 and 2019 killings of two men in the driveway of his home.

Jeffrey Tod, 56, of Calverton Park, pleaded guilty on August 4 to the murders of Deandre Moore and Alvern Linzie. He told investigators he shot and killed the victims in their car that was parked in the driveway of his home on Williams Drive.

According to court documents, Moore, 41, was found dead in his car within two miles of Tod’s home in December 2018 while Linzie, 68, was found in his car inside Tod’s detached garage in January 2019. Tod was spotted driving both victims’ cars near the time of their death. A neighbor saw something suspicious and called the police, which led them to discover Linzie’s body. He was the first murder victim in Calverton Park’s history.

While investigating Linzie’s death, they matched the ballistics to the gun that shot Moore, and now have linked both murders to Tod, according to authorities.

Tod was sentenced to 23 years for two counts of second-degree murder and three years for two counts of armed criminal action. All sentences are to be served concurrently.

In 2018, investigators linked the bullet recovered from Melvin Whitted Jr.’s body, which was found on December 21, 2018, to a gun belonging Tod. That same gun was the one he used to allegedly kill Moore and Linzie.

All three men were found shot in the head while sitting in their cars, and according to police, all three victims had contact with Tod immediately before their deaths.

Additionally, court documents show that an acquaintance of Tod’s asked about Whitted going missing and Tod responded with “he ain’t coming back.” That same acquaintance also told police that once Whitted and Moore’s deaths were publicly known, Tod said “they had what was coming to them.”

News 4 is working to obtain an update on those charges connected to Whitted Jr.’s death.