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COPY-Man arrested 4 months after friend was stabbed

Associated Press - November 26, 2009 10:04 AM ET

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - St. Clair County prosecutors say an alert television viewer is responsible for the arrest of a man accused of stabbing a friend and leaving him to die in a car in East St. Louis four month ago.

Prosecutors say the viewer spotted David Lockridge on the street in St. Louis and called CrimeStoppers, leading to the 39-year-old's arrest Wednesday.

Lockridge had been charged in a warrant with first-degree murder and authorities circulated his picture to the media Tuesday.

Lockridge is accused of killing his longtime friend, Jerome Dickerson.

Police found Dickerson sitting in car Aug. 24. He had been stabbed, and told police who stabbed him before he died.

Lockridge's bail has been set at $1 million. It isn't clear whether he has an attorney. St. Louis police referred a reporter to the sheriff's department, which was closed for the holiday.

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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