March 4, 2024

USA: House Arrest For St Louis Man Charged With Hitting, Killing Mother And Daughter While Speeding 70mph When He Ran Red Light. Referred To As Traffic Infractions. History Of Speeding.

This guy was let out on very low bond without restrictions after killing a 42yo mom and her 21yo daughter while driving 70mph speeding through a red light. He has multiple speeding tickets on record with no prior arrests. You have to listen to the attorneys nonchalantly describe this as a "minor violations" and "traffic infractions". The killer is being charged with "involuntary manslaughter" and not wnd degree murder.

Justicia defines Second-degree murder as an intentional killing that was not premeditated. In some states, second-degree murder also encompasses “depraved heart murder,” which is a killing caused by a reckless disregard for human life. Second-degree murder is often seen as a catch-all category for intentional and sometimes grossly reckless killings that do not fall within a state’s definition of first-degree murder. (emphasis mine)
KMOV St. Louis published February 27, 2024: House arrest for man charged with hitting, killing mother and daughter in downtown St. Louis, judge.
KMOV St. Louis published February 26, 2024: Video released shows driver run red light, kill mother and daughter after they left Drake concert in downtown St. Louis.

First Alert 4 News, St Louis, MO local
written by Susan El Khoury
Tuesday February 27, 2024

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The man accused of speeding and running a red light, killing a mother and daughter as they left the Drake concert on Valentine’s Day, remains out of jail but on Tuesday a judge put new limits on that freedom.

Monte Henderson, 22, is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Video obtained by First Alery 4 Investigates shows a Jeep, that police say was driven by Henderson, running a red light at the intersection of 18th and Olive Streets, hitting and killing 42-year-old Laticha Bracero, known as Lety, and her 21-year-old daughter Alyssa Cordova.

First Alert 4 is not showing the moment of impact. In the video, you can barely see the Jeep because it is traveling so fast. Police claim Henderson was driving faster than 70 mph.

Henderson was given bond days after his arrest. First Alert 4 Investigates uncovered that prosecutors were not at that first hearing where Judge Annette Llewellyn let Henderson out on a bond that cost him $20,000. Circuit Attorney Gabe Gore did not directly answer why his office wasn’t at that hearing.

“The matter went to the judge for an initial bond review the judge reviewed it and issued a bond,” Gore said.

Henderson had a second hearing on Tuesday before Judge Catherine Dierker, and prosecutors were in court fighting for stricter conditions on his bond.

Cameras weren’t allowed in court. During the hearing, prosecutors read statements from the family of Bracero and Cordova asking the judge to revoke Henderson’s bond and calling his driving reckless.

Bracero’s sister wrote, “They were my world. Our family will never be the same, and you took that from us.”

Henderson’s defense lawyer asked for leniency, stating that this was Henderson’s first arrest. He also brought up how Henderson graduated from Pattonville High School, was living with his mom in Kirkwood, and had jobs lined up at an Illinois Amazon warehouse and a St. Louis security company.

The judge ultimately put Henderson on 24/7 house arrest with a GPS monitor and also required him to surrender his driver’s license. Henderson walked in and out of court and did not answer any questions from First Alert 4.

The family of Bracero and Cordova tells First Alert 4 they want answers, including why Henderson was charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony, but a lesser charge compared to murder.

First Alert 4 took those concerns to Circuit Attorney Gabe Gore.

“I don’t discuss pending cases,” Gore said. “I’m confident that based on the facts of this case, we have made the correct charging decisions.”

In court, prosecutors said they have more video from the night of the crash showing Henderson nearly missing other cars and people on the street.

First Alert 4 Investigates asked police for surveillance video, including footage from police headquarters, which Henderson drove past and is a block away from the intersection where the crash happened. Police claim they can’t release anything because it’s an ongoing investigation.

Henderson had multiple speeding tickets, including one almost a month before the crash, where he was accused of driving more than 20 miles over the speed limit.

ABC15 News, St Louis, MO local
written by Jessica Botelho
Monday February 26, 2024

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A 22-year-old man accused of speeding through a red light and killing a mother and her daughter as they were leaving a Drake concert in Missouri was released on bond, court documents show.

Monte Henderson was released from jail Friday morning after posting $20,000, which was 10% of his $200,000 bail, according to court records.

Police said Henderson was arrested on two counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter charges and and two counts of armed criminal action in connection to the deaths of Laticha "Lety" Bracero, 42, and Alyssa Cordova, 21, of Chicago, Illinois.

In a probable cause statement, police noted Henderson was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee in downtown St. Louis on Feb. 14 when he ran a red light and crashed into the women as they were crossing a street.

The crash was captured on surveillance footage and shows the Jeep speeding through the intersection before hitting another car and plowing into the women.

"Data retrieved from the Jeep Grand Cherokee indicated that the vehicle was traveling at speeds in excess of 70 mph prior to violating the red traffic signal," police noted in court records.

An officer noted that "based on the foregoing and the serious nature of the charges, I believe that the defendant is not likely to appear voluntarily on a summons and is a danger to the community."

A GoFundMe account that was set up by Bracero's and Cordova's loved ones noted the mother and daughter often went to concerts together and attended a Drake show shortly before they were killed.

"The family is extremely devastated by this horrific tragedy," according to the GoFundMe, which also noted "the two were inseparable and shared a strong bond."

Henderson is set to appear in court Tuesday morning.

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