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Woman accused of murder, sexual trafficking in St. Louis Co.

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 9/23/2020

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — An East St. Louis, Illinois, woman is facing charges of sexual trafficking of a child and second-degree murder for crimes that happened last year in St. Louis County.

Authorities on Wednesday announced the charges against 21-year-old Makyia Fowler, who is jailed on $500,000 bond. She does not have a listed attorney.

A probable cause statement alleges that Fowler was working in November with the man who was killed, Darren Woods, to recruit and promote a juvenile for sexual acts. The statement said Fowler and Woods, while staying at a hotel, took sexually explicit photos and videos of the juvenile, and posted some of it on the internet as advertisements.

The statement said a patron, Eric Moore, set up a sexual encounter and paid $60 but then raised concerns about the price. Authorities say that when Fowler came into the room, Moore pointed a gun at her and demanded his money back.

Woods then came into the room and was allegedly shot by Moore, who was previously charged with second-degree murder.

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