3 charged in Spanish Lake murder, kidnapping
Nigel Austin-Hailey, left, Giordanio Blackburn, middle, and Terrance Washington are charged with with three counts of armed criminal action, first degree murder, kidnapping, and child kidnapping in the killing of Al-Regis Clay in north St. Louis County. (Handout)By Patrick M. O'Connell
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
SPANISH LAKE -- Three men accused of killing a Spanish Lake man also kidnapped the victim's girlfriend and her son, ordering them to take off their bloody clothes before dropping the two off at a relative's house following the shooting.
Al-Regis T. Clay, 23, was killed early Tuesday morning in his bedroom in the Countryside Apartments complex at 1770 El Sabado Drive in Spanish Lake.
Clay's girlfriend, 22, and her 3-year-old son were found safe several hours after the killing, St. Louis County police spokeswoman Tracy Panus said.
Giordanio A. Blackburn, 23, of Ferguson; Nigel "Detroit" Austin-Hailey, 35, of Ferguson; and Terrance Washington, 22, of north St. Louis County each are charged with first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action, kidnapping and child kidnapping.
St. Louis county police responding to a 911 hangup call at the apartment found the back patio door broken and Clay lying inside. He later died at a hospital. It is unclear who made the 911 call, police said.
A motive for the killing was not clear, Panus said. Clay was shot in the stomach, hand, neck and head, according to the warrant.
Blackburn, known as "O," allegedly was the gunman who killed Clay, grabbed the 3-year-old and ordered the girlfriend outside to an awaiting mini van, according to the warrant. The girlfriend knew all three suspects and had met them about two years ago, police said. The men told her she should do what they say or they would hurt her and her family.
The trio then drove the girlfriend and the boy to a residence in the 400 block of South Harvey Avenue, where they were ordered to change clothes since the items they were wearing were stained with Clay's blood, according to the warrant. The girlfriend told police she saw Blackburn stash the handgun used in the killing inside a bedroom.
The girlfriend's brother then arrived at the residence. The trio then drove the girlfriend, the brother and the boy to her mother's house.
Police obtained a search warrant and recovered a handgun, bloody clothes and the mini van allegedly used in the kidnappings.