Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty Against Principal Accused of Murder

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) -St. Louis prosecutors on Thursday said they are seeking the death penalty against a principal accused of hiring a hit man to kill his pregnant girlfriend, a teacher. The alleged hit man, Phillip Cutler, is also facing the death penalty.

Cornelius Green is charged with two counts first-degree murder. He allegedly hired a childhood friend, Phillip J. Cutler, of Oklahoma, to kill Jocelyn Peters, 30.

Prosecutors allege the murder was “outrageously vile, horrible or inhuman in that involved torture or depravity of mind.”

“What we have here is an apparent murder for hire,” said Jennifer Joyce, former St. Louis Circuit Attorney in 2016. “What we do know is Mr. Green did send Mr. Cutler through the mail $2,500 cash.” 

Peters was found fatally shot in her Central West End apartment in late March, 2016. She was seven months pregnant at the time of the shooting.  Peters was a teacher at Mann Elementary in St. Louis City.

Court records sat Cutler and Green were childhood friends and Cutler was visiting in St. Louis the week of Peter’s murder. The documents also reveal that Cutler’s cell phone was near Peter’s apartment the night of the murder.

Green is the former principal at Carr Lane Visual Performing Arts School. He was arrested in August, on theft charges, for allegedly stealing $2,700 from a student dance group at the school where he used to be a principal.

Green faces two counts of first-degree murder because the Peters’ fetus was 7-months-old.

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