Thursday, October 09, 2008


UPDATE: Police in O'Fallon, Missouri said Marcus Powell is in custody. He was found in the Runny Meade Estates neighborhood.

Powell has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder, according to Capt. Brad Wells with the Madison County Sheriff's Department.

The first-degree murder charge against Marcus Powell, 27, is for the shooting death of Delarrian Davis, 12, on Monday in Madison, Illinois. Powell is also accused of shooting the boy's mother, Sophia Leonard, 12 times in April 2007, which is why he is charged with attempted murder. Leonard survived the shooting.

According to, A manhunt was underway today, Thursday, in O'Fallon, Mo., for a man wanted in connection with the murder of a 12-year-old Madison, Ill., boy.

Police cordoned off an area near Highway K and Interstate 70 in St. Charles County in their search for Marcus T. "Butterhead" Powell, 27 (LEFT).To protect schoolchildren, officials shut down four schools in the Fort Zumwalt School District that are nearby.

The First Baptist Christian Academy's elementary school and early childhood classes had been canceled, and the St. Louis Archdiocese has put six of its schools on lock down.Well before sunup, police were stopping trucks and cars and searching them. Powell is wanted for questioning in the death of Delarrian Davis, 12, an apparent innocent victim of a drive-by shooting early Tuesday in Madison, Ill.

Police say Powell was spotted driving an SUV early this morning on Interstate 70. As police tried to stop his vehicle, he lost control of the SUV. He jumped out and ran away. The search began about 3:30 a.m. today, said O'Fallon Police Officer Diana Damke. There have been no sightings of him since, she said.Authorities quickly set up a perimeter -- roughly bounded by Highway K, Bryan Road, Mexico Road and Interstate 70. By 7 a.m., officers were stopping cars as far south as Feise Road.By the time the morning rush hour was in full swing, long lines of traffic clogged both directions along Bryan and Mexico roads.

Rock Creek Elementary was also in the search area.

The St. Louis Archdiocese put the following schools on lockdown: Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Dardenne, Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic School in St Charles, All Saints Catholic School in St. Peters, St. Patrick Catholic School in Wentzville, St. Joseph Catholic School in Josephville and St. Theodore Catholic School in Flint Hill.

Powell had addresses in East St. Louis and Pontoon Beach. On Tuesday, police said they thought he could be wounded, but they came up empty after checking area hospitals.

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