Man Accused of Murdering His Father Was On Probation for Arson

Vinita Park Police said the man stabbed his father repeatedly Aug. 15.

Jarvis Simms, a Vinita Park man accused stabbing his father to death Aug. 15, had been on probation for second-degree arson for setting a fire in 2007.

Simms, 28, pleaded guilty to the arson in 2008 and was given a suspended execution of sentence and five years supervised probation.

Simms was charged Aug. 15 with first-degree murder and armed criminal action A witness told police Simms stabbed Scott repeatedly with a large-bladed knife.

Vinita Park Police Chief Greg Moore told Patch he did not know of a motive for the murder. He said Vinita Park Police have been responding to domestic calls at the home in the 8300 block of Monroe Street for several years.

Simms has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Police said in the probable cause statement that Simms stabbed Scott “after deliberation.”

Simms is being held in St. Louis County Justice Services Center without bond.

Vinita Park is just north of and northeast of .

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M. Costantin August 27, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Why on earth is this a lead story in the University City Patch?
Angelfor Robin August 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Please tell the correct story. Vinita Park police did not respond to contacts Jarvis Simms made to remove Walter Scott out of the home. Jarvis owned the home, by way of his late mother. Walter Scott (homeless) manipulated his way into the home of Jarvis Simms the day Jarvis mom died. Scott's lawsuit against Vinita Park was to avoid Jarvis from receiving protection so that he/Walter could gain custody of all Jarvis possesions including the property home. Mr Scott was hardly the father figure that Jarvis thought (or anyone for that matter). Instead Scotts plans to destroy his son caused his own life. So now a young man that was denied mental help by way of his father is acussed of being the criminal his father truly was. May God Bless you Jarvis with the help you need and love from your family.
Candy T. December 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Why wouldn't it be a lead story
DreEat December 03, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Please read the pdf. The victim was begging the police to arrest the murder for assault. Sad story.


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