Reggie Allen: Indicted for Killing of Anthony Rice Outside East St. Louis Bar in 2009
|Reggie Allen in a 2005 mugshot. Allen has been charged with some 20 felonies in the past.|
Rice was outside an East St. Louis bar called City Nights in the wee hours of October 3, 2009, when he was struck by a pickup truck and left for dead following a confrontation in the tavern's parking lot.
Today 27-year-old Reggie Allen -- son of the City Nights owner and a man with a lengthy rap sheet for other crimes -- was charged with a single count of reckless homicide, a Class-3 felony. Bond was set at $500,000, according to the St. Clair County Circuit Court.
As Riverfront Times reported in a January cover story, Allen has long been suspected of being motivated -- at least partly -- by racial hostility. Allen is white. Rice is black. People involved in the altercation apparently hurled racial insults at Rice before his death.