UPDATED: Edwardsville Attorney Murdered

Timothy Banowetz

This story was updated Tuesday morning, to reflect charges filed in the case…

A Missouri man has been charged in the murder of prominent Edwardsville Attorney Randy Gori.

Monday afternoon, it was announced in Madison County that Timothy Banowetz, age 28, of Wentzville, Missouri, had been charged in the Saturday night death at the Gori home.

Banowetz is charged with allegedly stabbing Gori to death and holding two children captive in the home.

He is being held without bond on three alternative first degree murder charges, three armed robbery counts and three counts of unlawful restraint. Madison County Captain Dave Vucich said at a press conference that Gori’s actions during the attack and the interruption of the crime by a woman likely saved the lives of the children.

Responding to a 911 call about 9 p.m. Saturday, police found Gori dead in his home. It was discovered one of his vehicles was gone, and they believed it had been stolen.

Sunday afternoon, a search team allegedly found Banowetz in a wooded area near Gori’s property and later the stolen vehicle was found in that area.

Investigators from the Major Case Squad allege the actions of the defendant were premeditated. Vucich said no direct connection could be found between Banowetz and Gori.

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