Mother of teacher murdered, feels some closure in arrest of 2 men

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The mother of a pregnant St. Louis elementary school teacher who was killed in a murder for hire spoke with FOX 2 Wednesday about charges being filed against her daughter’s boyfriend in connection with the case. Investigators say the suspect allegedly hired a hit man to kill her.

According to court documents released late Tuesday Cornelius Green was charged with murder for hire in the death of his pregnant girlfriend Jocelyn Peters.

Peters’ mother says the charges bring some closure now that justice has been served. "When they called me and told me my daughter was gone, I woke up the next day and everything seemed like a blur," said Lacey Peters.

Jocelyn Peters’ mother remains heartbroken after her daughter was found shot to death in her Central West end apartment in March.  Peters was a third grade teacher at Mann Elementary school and seven months pregnant.

According to court documents Cornelius Green a former St. Louis school principal at Carr Lane is accused of paying his childhood friend Phillip Cutler $2,500 to kill Peters and their unborn child.  "The evidence shows that he hired someone to kill her," said Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce.

Cutler is also charged with two counts of murder and armed criminal action, "Justice is done and in the end I hope that his family finds forgiveness like l I’m trying to do," said Peters.

Peters says this is a tragic loss for her family and the community.  The former principal is also accused of stealing $2,700 from dance students who raised the money for a field trip.

Green has been charged with two counts of first degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and burglary.

He is being held on a $3 million cash only bond.