UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. — A 22-year-old man was charged with six felony accounts, including second-degree murder.
Chappelle Taylor, of Castle Point, has been charged with counts related to the shooting of the mother of his child and the death of the woman's father.
On Aug. 1, Taylor confronted a woman, the mother of his child, at their home in the 6500 block of Bartmer Avenue in University City, according to the University City Police Department.
The 2-year-old, the woman's father and another witness were present when this occurred.
When an argument ensued, Taylor began shooting two firearms, striking Jefferson and the woman, according to police. Jefferson was pronounced dead and the woman is listed in critical condition.
The police also said the bullets penetrated the room where the child was located at the time.
Taylor fled the scene, but later admitted in an interview to shooting and discarding the firearms. That interview was conducted after Taylor was read his Miranda rights.
The St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney's office charged Taylor with second-degree murder for the death of Darrell Jefferson.
Taylor was also charged with domestic assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and three counts of armed criminal action, according to a press release.
"Guns almost always create more and worse problems than they solve," said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell. "There is no reason an argument over a child should leave a grandfather dead, a mother in critical condition and a father in jail facing six felony charges. I pray this young mother survives this assault and am grateful none of these 11 bullets hit this two-year-old child."
The court set Taylor's bond at $500,000.
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