Friday, June 3, 2011
Reggie Allen: Indicted for Killing of Anthony Rice Outside East St. Louis Bar in 2009
By Chad Garrison
on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM
Rice was outside an East St. Louis bar called City Nights in the wee hours of October 3, 2009, when he was struck by a pickup truck and left for dead following a confrontation in the tavern's parking lot.
Today 27-year-old Reggie Allen -- son of the City Nights owner and a man with a lengthy rap sheet for other crimes -- was charged with a single count of reckless homicide, a Class-3 felony. Bond was set at $500,000, according to the St. Clair County Circuit Court.
As Riverfront Times
reported in a January cover story
, Allen has long been suspected of being motivated -- at least partly -- by racial hostility. Allen is white. Rice is black. People involved in the altercation apparently hurled racial insults at Rice before his death.
Exactly nineteen months after the crime, a Dupo, Illinois, man was indicted today in connection with the killing of Anthony Rice.