The grandmother of a Chicago man suspected of murdering his own grandfather has been charged with paying her grandson to carry out the deadly deed.
Janet Strickland, 64, was charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the March 2 shooting death of her husband, 72-year-old William Strickland, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Janet's grandson, William D. Strickland, 19, was charged late last month in his grandfather's murder and ordered held without bond. His grandfather had been reportedly waiting for a Pace bus to take him to his weekly dialysis treatment when he was approached in the gangway near his home in the 400 block of East 95th Street, shot multiple times and robbed.
Prosecutors allege the two had discussed killing the elder Strickland numerous times and said that Janet "stated she wished he was not here and she wanted him gone," DNAinfo Chicago reports. They had reportedly considered hiring someone else to kill the victim, but Janet wanted it done quickly.
According to prosecutors, the elder Strickland was robbed of pills, cash and other belongings and Janet Strickland allegedly used the stolen money to take her grandson on a shopping spree that included the purchase of a car. The younger Strickland also reportedly bought tattoos, gym shoes, a new phone and other items.
Janet Strickland was not in court for the Saturday hearing because she was being treated for lung disease, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. She was ordered held on $500,000 bail.