A 34-year-old St. Louis man is facing felony charges in connection with the alleged murder of a local corrections officer. The defendant, a former police officer for the city, is accused of shooting the 32-year-old victim during a confrontation in front of the younger man's home.

Authorities report that the shooting occurred during the evening hours of May 26, when the defendant dropped off a child he shares with the younger man's fianc?e. The two men began to fight in front of the house, and the altercation escalated into physical violence. Officers then say the older man pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the head multiple times. He officially faces charges of first-degree murder, along with armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child.

The man had served as a police officer for the city from 2002 to 2007. He is currently employed as a reserve officer in nearby Pagedale. That program is a volunteer position, allowing officers that are unemployed to keep up their necessary certifications. He also reportedly works as a private security officer on the side. The victim had worked for about two years as a corrections officer at a local detention facility. He was planning to marry the mother of the defendant's child.

Family members have remained silent about the incident, and an investigation into the matter is ongoing.

The defendant in this case should consider seeking the assistance of a qualified criminal defense attorney. That professional could help the man learn about the nature of the charges that had been filed against him. Further, the attorney can help the man evaluate his legal options, including pleading guilty and other legal strategies that could reduce potential prison time. Criminal defendants are urged to rely on their qualified attorneys to protect their rights and educate them about their legal responsibilities through all phases of the legal process.

Source:  www.stltoday.com, "Former St. Louis police officer faces murder charges in domestic slaying" Tim Logan, May. 28, 2013