East St. Louis man charged in shooting death of MU student

Monday, December 30, 2013 | 3:02 p.m. CST; updated 4:47 p.m. CST, Monday, December 30, 2013

COLUMBIA — An East St. Louis man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an MU student, 21-year-old Jarrett Mosby.

The Madison County state's attorney charged Deneshion M. Swope, 24, on Monday with killing Mosby during a drug deal.

According to police, Mosby, who is a resident of Collinsville, Ill., drove to nearby Madison to pick up Swope early on Dec. 23 because Swope wanted to to buy marijuana from him. The two got in an argument, and Swope shot Mosby seven times with a 9 mm handgun, police said.

Police found Mosby dead inside his car at 12:44 p.m. in Madison. He died from a gunshot to his lung, according to the coroner's report.

Mosby, 21, was majoring in business at MU. He was home during break to visit his son in Collinsville, according to The Associated Press.

Swope was on probation for federal gun charges and was being held at the St. Clair County Jail in Belleville, Ill. He was scheduled to be moved to the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville and held on a $500,000 bond. The charge of first-degree murder has a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison.

Swope will be required to serve all of his sentence if convicted.

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was in charge of the investigation.

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