Yokeia Smith

Morning round-up
9:27 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, December 2, 2011

State Sen. Joe Keaveny has filed legislation that would return the St. Louis Police Department back to local control for the first time since the 1850s.
St. Louis Public Radio

STL area democrat files local control legislation

The legislation, sponsored by Joe Keaveny, would return the St. Louis Police Department back to local control for the first time since the 1850s. Thursday was the first day lawmakers could file bills for next year's session, which starts January 4th.  Local control bills failed during both this year's regular and special sessions as they became bargaining chips in the tax credit battle between the House and Senate. 

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Crime
4:38 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Judge: Mom unfit for trial in kids' shotgun deaths

Yokeia Smith.
(Photo Courtesy St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

A southwestern Illinois woman accused in the shotgun deaths of two of her children has, for now, been deemed by a judge to be mentally unfit for trial.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Milton Wharton ruled Thursday he accepts a report by a clinical psychologist who evaluated 25-year-old Yokeia Smith that the woman is unfit to face charges of first-degree murder.

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Crime
12:12 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

East St. Louis mom accused in kids' shotgun deaths apologizes

Yokeia Smith.
(Courtesy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

A woman accused in the shotgun deaths of two of her children says in a jailhouse letter to a judge she was hearing voices the day of the killings and is "truly sorry."

The Belleville News-Democrat reports 25-year-old Yokeia Smith told St. Clair County Circuit Judge Milton Wharton she believed police were after her even before the Aug. 31 killings.

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Crime
12:39 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Woman accused of killing 2 children with shotgun denied bond

Yokeia Smith.
(Courtesy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

A judge in southwestern Illinois has denied bond for a woman accused of killing two of her children with a shotgun last month.

Associate St. Clair County Judge Julie Katz entered a not guilty plea on behalf of 25-year-old Yokeia Smith during a brief arraignment Friday. Katz also appointed a public defender to represent the East St. Louis woman. No new court appearance was scheduled.

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