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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Federal Indictment Returned Against Two Individuals For Two Separate Drug-Related Homicides

St. Louis, MO – An indictment was returned today by a federal grand jury related to two separate drug-related homicides occurring in the City of St. Louis.

The indictment charges DIONNE GATLING and ANDRE RUSH for their involvement in the April 5, 2010, murder of Theodis Howard, and alleges that Mr. Howard was killed in retaliation for being a witness in a drug trafficking case.

The indictment further charges Gatling and Rush for their involvement in the May 2, 2013, murder of Terrance Morgan, and alleges that Mr. Morgan was killed in order to prevent Mr. Morgan from providing information to law enforcement regarding the commission of a drug trafficking offense.

The indictment also charges Dionne Gatling, Andre Rush and two other defendants, TIMOTHY RUSH and LORENZO GIBBS with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute over 5 kilograms of cocaine and over 1 kilogram of heroin.

This case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Internal Revenue Service.

As always, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.  If convicted, these various charges carry penalties that include possible life sentences of imprisonment.

Updated July 16, 2015