Last week, we reported the murder of a 72-year-old Chicago man at the hands of his 19-year-old grandson. Now it's been revealed that the man's wife contracted their grandson to execute him. 64-year-old Janet Strickland has been arrested and charged for hiring her grandson, 19-year-old William Strickland, to kill her husband because she was "sick of him." And because she wanted his money.
William Strickland, Jr. was arrested and charged with murder after he reportedly shot his grandfather six times in the back as the man, also named William Strickland, was leaving his home for dialysis treatment. The younger Strickland was compensated with material gifts:
Afterward, Janet Strickland - a beneficiary of her husband's savings - bought her grandson a car and home furnishings, prosecutors said. The younger Strickland also allegedly bought himself tattoos, gym shoes and a new phone.…
Mario Farmer, 50, said he saw the younger Strickland with a new red car with no tags about two weeks after the shooting. At one point the young man was putting in a new sound system with a group of friends, said Farmer, who lives two doors down from the family.
"He was hooking it up, but I was surprised he had it so quick because he wasn't working," Farmer said.
According to prosecutors, Janet Strickland had been planning this for some time now:
Assistant State's Attorney Jacqueline Kwilos said Janet Strickland and her grandson "discussed on numerous occasions killing the victim. [Janet Strickland] stated numerous times to her grandson that she was sick of his grandfather and that she wanted her husband dead. She stated she wished he was not here and she wanted him gone."
Both Janet Strickland and William Strickland, Jr. have been charged with first degree murder and armed robbery. Janet Strickland's bail has been set at $500,000; Strickland, Jr. was denied bail.