Man charged with murder in St. Louis home invasion

A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder in the home invasion that killed another 37-year-old man and left his younger relative critically injured in October, St. Louis County police said Sunday.

Lopez Watson-Simms, of the 5500 block of Cabanne Avenue in St. Louis, also faces one count of assault, one count of burglary and three counts of armed criminal action, according to charges issued by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Police are still searching for two other persons of interest in the case.

During the early morning of October 4, 2017, Watson-Simms was one of three masked men entered the residence of Carlos Morris at his Spanish Lake, according to police. Morris was shot several times during the invasion and died at the scene.

In video surveillance obtained by police, the three masked intruders were seen entering and leaving the residence in a matter of seconds, at approximately 1:45 a.m, during which multiple shots were fired in quick succession.

Officers next located a 14-year old male, who suffered from at least one gunshot wound. The juvenile was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He is expected to survive.

One of the masked intruders can be seen touching the glass storm door upon leaving. The defendant, Watson-Simms was identified through evidence left at the scene.

Watson-Simms is being held without a bond.

Detectives from the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons are still conducting the investigation.

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