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    IL - Three adults, 4 kids die in Cicero insurance fire, landlord charged, 14 Feb 2010


    MAYWOOD, Ill. The owner of a suburban Chicago apartment house had his maintenance man set fire to the building, killing seven people including a newborn, because he wanted to cash in on a $250,000 insurance policy, prosecutors said Friday.

    The landlord told police he wanted the house burned when the children living there were at school. Instead, authorities allege, the maintenance man started the fire on a Sunday morning when residents were sleeping inside.

    "The sheer greed alone is difficult enough to understand, but the inhumanity of this crime is almost beyond comprehension," said Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.

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    Sep 2009
    is the death penalty stilll banned in illinois?

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    Jun 2007
    Quote Originally Posted by kbl8201 View Post
    is the death penalty stilll banned in illinois?
    O.K. forgive my ignorance. What's a moratorium? That Catholic school education my dad paid for sure paid off, right? Naw, I'm kidding it's because I didn't pay attention.

    Here's a link if you scroll down a Governor Ryan in 2000 installed a moratorium about the death penalty? May God Bless those poor people. I mean you can't get any worse than setting people on fire while their children are home on a Sunday morning!


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    IL - Lawrence Myers, Andre Cormier accused of 7 arson murders, Cicero

    A jury Monday convicted a Cicero landlord of murder in an arson fire on Valentine's Day, 2010, that killed seven people, including four children, according to prosecutors and court records.

    Lawrence Myers, 64, wanted to burn down his building in the 3000 block of 48th Court to collect on a $250,000 insurance policy and move to West Virginia, prosecutors had alleged. Deep in debt, he hired his maintenance man, Marion "Andre" Comier, 51, who is still awaiting trial on murder charges, to set the fire, according to prosecutors.

    But the fire in the four-flat apartment building at 3034 S. 48th Court, which prosecutors said Comier set with gasoline on a back porch, spread quickly and trapped tenants in the building. Killed were Byron Reed, 20, Sallie Gist, 19, and their sons Rayshawn Reed, 3, and Brian Reed, 3 days; as well as Sallie Gist's twin brother and sister, Elijah Gist and Elisha Gist, 16; and family friend Tiera Davidson, 18.


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