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Professor linked to 45-year old triple murder

DECATUR -- Millikin students are standing by their professor after learning he was linked to a triple murder in Texas 45-years ago.
DECATUR -- Millikin students are standing by their professor after learning he was linked to a triple murder in Texas 45-years ago. James St. James shot his parents and older sister in 1967. Now, he's the chair of Millikin's Behavioral Science Department. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley has the details.

No one knew about his past. The professor changed his name after it all happened, so when he was hired, the university saw no record of the murders.

But, nearly five decades later, a Texas newspaper brought it back to light. Instead of bashing their professor, most students defend him.

"How many of us really know our professors?"

Tosha Duzan realizesS just how much she didn't know about hers. James St. James was her first professor at Millikin. She says she learned a lot from him.

"I have this mental image of this man that I've learned from; that hundreds and hundreds of kids have learned from."

But, now she has a different mental image that is hard to shake. Bloody photographs of a crime scene where St. James shot his dad in the chest and mother and sister in their faces.

"It hurt my heart because I was torn. I was really torn."

A reporter for the Texas newspaper, The Georgetown Advocate, had been trying to figure out where St. James was, nearly 50-years after this horrific crime. When he found the once-deemed-insane man was a professor, the story broke.

"I cried because I'm a student, but I'm also a mom. I can't even imagine. He was 15 and my son is 14. I can't even imagine anybody going through that."

Even now, knowing his bloody past, Duzan and dozens of her classmates agree; they'd still recommend St. James' classes to anyone.

"He has done exactly what our court system set up for him to do. He went above and beyond to use that experience to teach us as students and improve other people's lives."

Millikin issued a statement which reads it supports St. James, who will return to campus in the fall. The professor says he's glad the university is behind him.
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