O’FALLON – A suspect in connection to Monday morning’s homicide was taken into custody in Memphis, Tennessee, late that evening.
Andrew Montez McKissick was taken into custody by the Memphis Police Department without incident at around 11:50 p.m. on April 22. He is being held pending extradition to Illinois on unrelated charges.
On Wednesday, April 24, McKissick was charged with three counts: one count of first degree homicide, one count of aggrivated arson, and one count of aggrivated battery. He is still in Memphis and is being held on $2 million bond.
On Monday, April 22, the O’Fallon Police responded to calls of a person and vehicle on fire at 7:23 a.m. near the Family Sports Park in the 300 block of Obernuefemann Road. When first responders arrived they found bystanders attempting to help a woman who was on fire. Emergency responders rendered aid, but she was later pronounced deceased by the St. Clair County Coroners office.
The victim, identified by O’Fallon Police as 35-year-old Sherry J. Billups, resided in the 600 block of West Madison in O’Fallon. She worked at the O’Fallon Post Office and had two children.
A candlelight vigil was held in Billups’ honor on Tuesday, April 23, at the Sports Park. Around 25 people came out and remembered her life.
McKissick and Billups were only recently married in March of this year, honeymooning in Las Vegas. The couple were grade school sweethearts.
However, McKissick has a troubled past with an extensive violent criminal history, including convictions for aggravated battery on a police officer, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and unlawful restraint.
Following the event at the Sports Park Monday morning, the Illinois State Police put out an alert for a 2002 Chevrolet Z71 extended cab pick up with black trim that was heading south, possibly to Alabama or Mississippi.
The O’Fallon Police ask anyone with information to call them at (618) 624-9589.