Charged St. Louis Man Faces Murder Charges in Connection to Shooting Death

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A 46-year-old St. Louis man, Mario Lee, is facing charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action, and burglary in connection with the shooting death of a woman in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood. Lee has a long criminal history, including past convictions for drug trafficking, drug possession, car theft, and unlawful use of a weapon. A no-bond warrant has been issued for Lee’s arrest following the filing of charges on Friday.

The charges stem from a shooting incident that occurred on Dec. 21 in the 5800 block of Kennerly Avenue. The homeowner called the police after finding Lee and the deceased woman inside her residence. The shooting victim, identified as 34-year-old Candace Horskins of St. Charles, was found to have died from a gunshot wound to the head. Police also discovered heroin and cocaine on Horskins. Security camera footage from the resident’s doorbell camera corroborated the woman’s account of events, according to the police.

The homeowner stated that she was familiar with both Lee and Horskins, but neither was supposed to be inside her home on the night of the incident. Upon entering her home around 11:30 p.m., she heard a gunshot from an upstairs room and then saw Lee coming downstairs. Lee then left the home after informing the resident that Horskins had died, according to court records.

Mario Lee, also known by various aliases, has a criminal record and is now facing serious charges in connection with the fatal shooting. The victim, Candace Horskins, was found dead in the homeowner’s residence, along with drugs in her possession. The homeowner’s account of the events was verified by security footage, leading to the charges against Lee.