Arrest Made in Murder Case of St. Louis Woman – Mario Lee Charged with Second-Degree Murder and Burglary

ST. LOUIS, MO – A St. Louis man has been charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action, and burglary in connection to the shooting death of a woman in the city’s Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood. Mario Lee, 46, is facing these charges after a shooting incident on Dec. 21 in the 5800 block of Kennerly Avenue. Police responded to a call from the homeowner, who found Lee and the deceased woman inside her residence.

Furthermore, Lee, who has multiple aliases, including Mark K. Wells, Mario Montell Lewis, Marlo Daniel Lee, and Mario Lee Love, has a criminal history involving convictions for drug trafficking, drug possession, car theft, and unlawful use of a weapon.

The victim of the shooting has been identified as Candace Horskins, 34, of St. Charles. The homeowner stated that she was familiar with both Lee and Horskins, but neither were authorized to be in her home on the night of the incident. According to court records, the homeowner heard a gunshot after entering her home around 11:30 p.m. and then saw Lee come downstairs, informing her of Horskins’ death before leaving the house.

Upon investigating the scene, police discovered that Horskins had died from a gunshot wound to the head and found heroin and cocaine in her possession. Security camera footage from the homeowner’s doorbell camera supported her account of the events. The charges against Lee were filed on Friday, and a no-bond warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Mario Lee’s lengthy criminal history, combined with the circumstances of the shooting, have led to the second-degree murder charges, armed criminal action, and burglary in connection to the tragic events that unfolded in St. Louis’ Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood.