A 64-year-old Chicago woman has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery with a firearm after her husband was fatally shot near their home while on his way to dialysis, according to police.
Janet Strickland, whose bond was set at $500,000 on Saturday, has been accused of commissioning her 19-year-old grandson to handle the job because she was “sick” of him and wanted him dead.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports William Strickland, 72, was shot six times in the back while walking down a gangway on March 2 in what authorities believed to be a robbery. Janet allegedly watched as her husband was violently hit, later stealing a casino bag full of money that was in his possession.
Statements from a witness led to her arrest on Thursday (April 4). It is unclear if that witness was her grandson, also named William Strickland. Prosecutors said he told authorities his grandmother had spoken about getting rid of his grandfather prior to last month’s killing and discussed her involvement in the matter.
Janet was not present in the courtroom on Saturday, as authorities said she was being treated at a local hospital for chronic health problems.