CIAPI investigation contributes to $1.6 million client settlement- June 2015

Captured Investigative Agency conducted a civil and premise liability investigation on behalf of victim’s family, which lead to one of the largest shooting settlements in City of St. Louis. CIAPI offers its condolences to the family for their tragic loss, and notes with outrage, the victim’s killer pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges and was only sentenced to 15 years in prison.

 

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ST. LOUIS • Glenn Pickett, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other charges Wednesday related to a fatal shooting last year as part of a deal that will likely result in 15 years in prison.

Pickett, 32, fatally shot Flynt Clemons Jr. around midnight on Aug. 9, 2014, during an argument that began earlier between Clemons and Pickett's girlfriend, who was an employee of the Domino's Pizza at 1444 North Kingshighway, Assistant Circuit Attorney Martin Minnegerode wrote in a court filing.

Pickett's lawyer, Terence Niehoff, said that Clemons thought he'd been cheated on change.

Pickett's girlfriend, Sasha Hunnicut, called police and then her boyfriend. Niehoff said that the dispute between Pickett and Clemons became physical and Pickett shot the much larger Clemons when Clemons reached in his pocket. “It was our contention,” Niehoff said, that Pickett thought he was going for a gun and could have made a self-defense claim.

Pickett has previous convictions for tampering with a motor vehicle, attempted stealing of a motor vehicle, two gun charges and resisting arrest, and has violated probation several times, Minnegerode said.

Pickett had been facing charges including first-degree murder. On Wednesday, Pickett pleaded guilty to manslaughter, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm as part of plea deal that has both sides recommending a 15-year prison term.

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 9.

Clemons' relatives sued the operator of the Domino's franchise in 2014. The case was settled earlier this year for $1.6 million.