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Woman Accused of Holding Men Prisoner, Beating One to Death

July 16, 1987

CENTREVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ A 50-year-old woman has been charged with the fatal beating of one of three older men she allegedly held prisoner in her home to steal their government benefit checks, authorities said.

Velma Moore was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday in the death of Hosey Williams, 60, whose burned body was found on the East St. Louis riverfront in December.

An autopsy showed he died of a beating and not burns, said state police Capt. Philip Kocis.

The murder charge is based on statements by Floyd Naylor, 60, who police said was chained to furniture and beaten with an electric cord during six months of captivity at Moore’s home.

Naylor, rescued when he accompanied Moore to pick up his government disability check, was in good condition Wednesday at Gateway Community Hospital in East St. Louis.

Kocis also said a 72-year-old man released when Moore was arrested July 1 for aggravated battery, unlawful restraint and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in the Naylor case, told police he had witnessed the fatal beating.

Police said the man, who is from the East St. Louis area, was under police guard as a potential witness.

Moore’s brothers, Allen Wilson, 53, who lives near her in Centreville and Roland Wilson, 42, of East St. Louis, also were charged in connection with the Williams death.

Moore was held in St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bond. Bail for her brothers was set at $50,000 each.

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