Man indicted on murder in Illinois state trooper’s death


EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A 45-year-old man has been indicted on first-degree murder in the death of an Illinois state trooper.

The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports Christopher R. Grant was also indicted by a grand jury on other charges including unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and armed violence.

Trooper Nicholas Hopkins was fatally shot last month while serving a search warrant in East St. Louis.

Grant was arrested after Hopkins was shot. He’s being held in the St. Clair County Jail on $5 million bond. St. Clair County Circuit Clerk records say he’s yet to hire an attorney. At his arraignment last month, Grant said he was considering hiring a private attorney.

Another man, Al Stewart Jr. of East St. Louis, was also indicted on charges including armed violence and obstructing justice.

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