Published On: Tue, May 10th, 2016

Carlos Suber goes free for Missouri murder of Phebe Stallings, Mosary Stallings as witness is now missing

St. Louis County prosecutors say they can’t locate the key eyewitness to a 2012 double murder in University City, Missouri, forcing them to drop charges the day after the suspected killer’s trial was to start. Carlos A. Suber’s charges were dropped and  the case was dismissed because “the essential witness refused to cooperate.”

Edward Magee, a spokesman for Prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s office, said the charges against  Suber were dropped May 3, the day after he was scheduled for trial.

Carlos A. Suber, double homicide suspect is now free

Carlos A. Suber, double homicide suspect is now free

“It was set for trial and we couldn’t find him,” Magee said of the missing witness. No one else is charged in the case, Magee said.

Suber, 24, had been charged for the fatal shootings of Phebe Stallings, 54, and her son Mosary Stallings, 23, both shot and killed while walking home from a local store. Police said Suber was believed to have been making threats to the victims before the shooting.

Suber was charged two days after the killings with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action.

“It was a horrific crime,” Detective Lt. Fredrick Lemons of the University City Department told a reporter at the time. “We’re glad he’s off the streets.”



Police recovered a “substantial amount of what is believed to be narcotics,” authorities said in a press release at the time.

In a federal suit Suber filed last year, Suber contended that he was a victim of false arrest, false imprisonment and conspiracy. He said the detectives picked him up for a warrant in Pagedale when they really planned to put him in a lineup for the double murder.

In December, the federal judge said the suit wouldn’t be heard until the criminal case was resolved.


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