A 23-year-old Carbondale woman is facing two counts of first-degree murder of a woman who was found burned to death in August. The Jackson County prosecutor also announced that the woman was also charged with one count of concealment of homicidal death.
In October, a 22-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were also charged with concealment of homicidal death related to the same case. In an information filed with the Jackson County Circuit Court, the state alleged that the 23-year-old Carbondale woman who was charged with murder acted together with the other two defendants and knowingly caused the death of another.
The woman is in custody at the Jackson County jail. Bond was set at $1 million. The cases is still under investigation by the Carbondale Police Departmentwhich will have the assistance of the Illinois State Police.
Although the nature of the counts point to a reasonable suspicion that the actual act of homicide was carried out by the 23-year-old woman, there has not been very much information about the case other than a few brief news reports. It is unclear, for example, if the victim knew any of the suspects. It is also not publicly known how the alleged murder was perpetrated or whether it allegedly took place at the scene where the victim’s body was ultimately found.
What is certain, however, is that a conviction on a murder charge can lead to penalties that are quite harsh, including lengthy stays in prison. As a result, people who are facing these types of allegations may find it advisable to have the assistance of a criminal defense attorney in trying to combat them.