IL - Yoko Cullen, 85, abducted & murdered, East St Louis, 20 May 2011

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  1. UdbCrzy2

    UdbCrzy2 New Member

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    EDWARDSVILLE • An 85-year-old woman kidnapped in May outside a bingo game in Collinsville and locked into her car trunk was alive when the car burned, a Madison County coroner's jury was told Wednesday.

    Three people have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Yoko Cullen of Belleville, who apparently was the victim of a carjacking as she left the Firemen's Hall on Collinsville Road at the west edge of Collinsville.

    The car was found burned May 20 near the intersection of 11th Street and Falling Springs Road in East St. Louis. Her remains were discovered after the car had been towed to Andy's Auto Body and Towing in Madison. That's why the inquest was in Madison County even though the charges are in St. Clair County.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/...cle_0d3508ae-fa6c-5342-ab36-d58fb8b5367d.html




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    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An investigator says an 85-year-old woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car was alive when her suspected carjackers set the vehicle ablaze.

    Madison County coroner’s investigator Shane Liley testified during an inquest Wednesday in Edwardsville that Yoko Cullen’s windpipe was coated with soot, meaning she died after her car was torched.

    Prosecutors in neighboring St. Clair County have charged three people with first-degree murder.

    http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/08/17/85-year-old-woman-torched-alive/
     
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  3. Tiki

    Tiki New Member

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    OMG
    She was burned alive?
    Those sick bast**ds!

    I just can hardly think about it - my mom is 85 . . .
    That poor woman.

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  4. krimekat

    krimekat Amazed and Baffled

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    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/...cle_0d3508ae-fa6c-5342-ab36-d58fb8b5367d.html

    East St. Louis police Detective Orlando Ward said after the hearing that investigators believe Cullen was acquainted with one of the accused killers, Latosha A. Cunningham, and that both frequently played bingo at the hall.

    Ward said the killers may have believed, mistakenly, that Cullen carried a substantial sum of money. Murder charges were filed against Cunningham, 37, of Belleville; Daquan D. Barnes, 18, of Granite City; and his cousin, Demarcus D. Barnes, 28, of Belleville.

    wow . . . first I heard of this - and in my metro area!
     
  5. UdbCrzy2

    UdbCrzy2 New Member

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    Two of three defendants accused of carjacking a Belleville woman leaving a bingo game, then setting the car on fire with the woman in the trunk will receive psychological exams to determine if they are fit to stand trial.

    Lawyers for Latosha Cunningham, 38, and DaQuan D. Barnes, 20, requested mental evaluations.

    http://www.bnd.com/2011/09/08/1851024/mental-evaluations-ordered-for.html
     
  6. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    From December 2013:

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/...cle_c74c313e-2f16-5ca6-85be-8ed3699978ce.html

     

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