Man sought for fatally stabbing ex-girlfriend turns himself in

ST. CLAIR, Ill. (KSDK) – The man sought by police after his ex-girlfriend was fatally stabbed in East St. Louis this weekend has turned himself in, authorities say.

Montrell Cooper, 25, is a person of interest in the stabbing death of Michelle Rowling, 25, who was found inside her apartment on North 6th Street with multiple stab wounds just before 9 p.m. Saturday.

Police say Cooper turned himself in at 5:47 p.m. Tuesday. Though no warrants have been issued for murder, Cooper was wanted on a warrant for violating a probation order mandating that he not have any contact with Rowling.

Cooper contacted police to arrange his surrender, according to a news release. He was arrested at a residence in Alorton, Ill.

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Prior to her murder, Rowling had posted a Facebook status update warning her friends that she might die.

"If anything happens to me tonight, just let my kids know I loved them dearly and tell my momma I love her," she wrote on November 25.

It was posted on the same day that Cooper, her ex-boyfriend, had been released from jail -- where he had been held since August for allegedly assaulting her.

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He had served previous jail time for stabbing her in the neck. St. Clair County State Attorney Brendan Kelly said Rowling testified on his behalf, so he got probation.

Police say Rowling's children are staying with family members.

Cooper is currently being held at St. Clair County Jail on a $200,000 bond. Rowling's murder is still under investigation.

No additional information was immediately available.


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