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Charges: Woman shot man, then cleaned up crime scene in St. Louis County

Asia Ladd, 26, has been charged in the death of Aaron Harris.
Credit: KSDK

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — The St. Louis County Police Department launched an investigation after a man was found shot to death in St. Louis County in March.

In an April 26 update, police said 26-year-old Asia Ladd has been charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution.

According to a press release from the department, officers were called to the 8800 block of Dragonwyck Drive at about 7:15 for a report of an unresponsive person. When officers arrived, they found Aaron Harris, 27, dead with a gunshot wound to his head.

According to a probable cause statement, Ladd shot Harris and then used cleaning products to clean the crime scene and got rid of the gun.

Credit: St. Louis County PD

Ladd is being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

The St. Louis County Bureau of Crimes Against Persons detectives are leading the investigation.

Resources for crime victims:

If you have been a victim of a crime or know someone who has been, 5 On Your Side has compiled a list of resources.

The Crime Victim Center of St. Louis has multiple programs to support victims of crime. Crime Victim Center’s programs range from direct services to crime victims as well as “creating awareness and change within the systems they encounter.”

Life Outside of Violence "helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence."

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has the Neighborhood Healing Network, which serves people who have experienced crime, violence or been the victim of an incident that caused trauma.

 Cure Violence is an international organization that is present in a handful of St. Louis neighborhoods. Violence interrupters are trained to deescalate violent situations within their own communities.

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