On Saturday, a St. Louis man was charged with murder and related offenses in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred on Wednesday in Country Club Hills.
According to a news release from the St. Louis County Police, 30-year-old James Stampley faces charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, tampering with evidence, and firearm crimes in the death of Brandon Cotton, aged 43, also from St. Louis. Stampley is presently detained at the St. Louis County Jail on a cash-only bond of $500,000.
As per law enforcement, investigators discovered surveillance footage of the incident, which occurred at 6:09 a.m. on Wednesday in the 7400 block of West Florissant Avenue.
The video reveals James Stampley brandishing a firearm at Brandon Cotton, initiating a struggle. During the altercation, Stampley allegedly shot Cotton multiple times.
Subsequent to the shooting, Stampley reportedly searched the victim’s pocket, retrieved an object, and then fled the scene in a vehicle described by police as having distinctive damage.
The authorities later located the abandoned vehicle, which exhibited significant fire damage.
Stampley was identified from the surveillance footage and subsequently apprehended, according to police statements.