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Monday, February 5, 2018

St. Louis Man Charged in Deadly Burglary

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 10:02 AM

click to enlarge Lopez Watson-Simms is charged with murder in an October burglary. - COURTESY OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • COURTESY OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • Lopez Watson-Simms is charged with murder in an October burglary.

One of three suspects in a deadly burglary from October has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Lopez Watson-Simms, 19, and his two accomplices shot and killed 37-year-old Carlos Morris and wounded his fourteen-year-old relative during the break-in, police say.



The masked intruders were recorded on surveillance video entering and then fleeing Morris' home at about 1:45 a.m. on October 4 in Spanish Lake. Multiple shots were fired during the fatal confrontation, authorities say.

Police haven't said what led them to Watson-Simms, other than that the Visitation Park neighborhood resident was identified by "evidence left at the scene." One of the suspects was shown in the video touching a glass storm door as he left, authorities say.

Along with murder, Watson-Simms was charged with first-degree assault, burglary and three counts of armed criminal action. He was held without bond. Police are still searching for the other two suspects.

Morris' fourteen-year-old relative was shot several times and badly wounded during the attack, but he survived, authorities say.

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