Five indicted in separate drug-related murders

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A federal grand jury indicted five people Wednesday for their suspected roles in drug-related homicides, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said.

According to court documents, both murders occurred in the City of St. Louis.

In the first case, Michael Hayes was found shot and killed in his home in the 4500 block of Alice Avenue on December 18, 2010. Two men, 27-year-old Walter Wallace and 36-year-old Jerry Chambers, were each charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute marijuana and possession and use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

The second indictment is tied to murders in two different places involving the same weapon.

James Lacey and Paige Schaefer were killed inside their home in the 4400 block of Itaska on March 27, 2015. That same day, Tammie Thurmond was found gravely wounded in an alley behind the 4200 block of S. 37th Street. She died a short time later.

Three suspects, Jacobi Temple, Demante Syms, and Samuel Spires, each 23 years of age, were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and with use of a firearm in the furtherance of drug trafficking as relates to the Thurmond’s murder. In addition, Jacobi Temple was charged with use of a firearm in the furtherance of drug trafficking as relates to the murders of Lacey and Schaefer.