ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A man from St. Louis is now facing second-degree murder charges in connection to the shooting death of a woman in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood of St. Louis. Mario Lee, 46, has also been charged with armed criminal action and burglary. The charges were filed on Friday, with a no-bond warrant issued for Lee’s arrest.
According to police, Lee is known by several aliases, including Mark K. Wells, Mario Montell Lewis, Marlo Daniel Lee, and Mario Lee Love, and has a lengthy criminal history, including past convictions for drug trafficking, drug possession, car theft, and unlawful use of a weapon.
The charges stem from a shooting incident on Dec. 21 in the 5800 block of Kennerly Avenue. The homeowner called the police after returning home to find Lee and the deceased woman inside her residence. The shooting victim was identified as Candace Horskins, 34, of St. Charles.
The homeowner stated that she knew both Lee and Horskins well, but neither person was supposed to be inside her home on the night of Dec. 21. Upon entering her home around 11:30 p.m., she heard a gunshot from an upstairs room and then saw Lee come downstairs. He left the home after informing the homeowner that Horskins had died, according to court records.
When police entered the home, they found Horskins had died from a gunshot wound to the head. They also discovered heroin and cocaine on Horskins. Security camera footage from the resident’s doorbell camera verified the woman’s account of events, according to police.
The tragic incident has resulted in second-degree murder charges for Mario Lee, in addition to armed criminal action and burglary charges. A no-bond warrant has been issued for Lee’s arrest as the investigation into this case continues.