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Man accused in 1989 killing of teen honor student

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By 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.

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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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