Judge Finds Centralia Man Guilty of Murder

Judge Finds Centralia Man Guilty of Murder

MARION COUNTY, IL — Judge Kim Koester on Monday found a 27-year-old Centralia man guilty following more than four days of testimony in the Marion County bench trial for the December 2019 murder of a man in Central City.

Judge Koester found Mantez Duncan guilty of first-degree murder for the December 3, 2019, shooting death of 39-year-old Clendar Edmond, of East St. Louis.

Duncan was one of five defendants charged in connection with Edmond’s death and the disposal of his remains in a tree line just northeast of 53-year-old Cardell Thomas’ home in Central City, where the body was ultimately burned.

Thomas, 30-year-old Krystal Scerba, 27-year-old Darledria Flippen, and 28-year-old Blake Shahan are also charged in connection with Edmond’s murder and testified last week about Duncan’s role in Edmond’s death.

Scerba, Thomas, Flippen, and Shahan are all charged with one count each first-degree murder, while Flippen is additionally charged with Class X armed robbery.

Testimony at the trial indicated Duncan shot Edmond multiple times in the garage of Thomas’ home over money he had said Edmond owed him. Flippen is accused of taking money that Edmond had with him when he arrived with Shahan and Scerba at the Green Street residence.

Duncan is scheduled to be sentenced October 2, in Marion County Court.

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