St. Louis man due in court for Illinois student’s killing

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In this May 5, 2015, photo, a 2007 Nissan 350ZX is loaded on to the back of tow tuck after it was found in the St. Louis suburb of Hazelwood, Mo. | AP file

CLAYTON, Mo. — A St. Louis man is to have his first court appearance on charges he killed a 19-year-old Illinois college student who went missing while trying to sell his sports car on Craigslist.

Michael Gordon is due in court Thursday and is held at the St. Louis County jail in lieu of $1 million bond. The 24-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Taylor Clark, a sophomore engineering student at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Police arrested Gordon on Tuesday after his name was found in emails that Gordon traded with Clark about the car Clark was trying to sell. Investigators said the two did not know one another before they met.

It was not immediately clear whether Gordon has an attorney.

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The man, 18, was walking in the 4700 block of South Ashland Avenue about 9 p.m. Thursday when someone in a passing vehicle shot him, police said.