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Man accused in 1989 killing of teen honor student

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Associated Press

BELLEVILLE -- A man who was about to be released from an Illinois prison after serving time on a drug conviction is now being held on charges he killed a teenage honor student nearly a quarter century ago.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair County prosecutors in southwestern Illinois have charged 51-year-old Carlos Garrett with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Willis. Her partly clothed body was found near her Centreville home.

It's not immediately clear what prompted the murder counts against Garrett.

Garrett until Monday had been serving a six-year prison term on a Montgomery County drug-distribution conviction.

Garrett remained jailed Thursday in Belleville on $1 million bond.

Online court records do not show whether he has an attorney.

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