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Illinois woman convicted in 2011 death of father

May 14, 2014

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois woman has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of her father.

After two hours of deliberations Wednesday, the Williamson County jury convicted 54-year-old Cindy Stearns for the death of 73-year-old Charles James of Freeman Spur. Two of Stearns’ co-defendants, 38-year-old Kate Bodie and her son, 18-year-old Joshua Dallacosta, have been convicted and are serving 50 and 45 years in prison.

James and his girlfriend were shot in the driveway of Stearns’ home after she invited them there to play cards. James died at the scene. His girlfriend survived.

During a 2011 hearing, Herrin Police Detective Scott Stefan testified Stearns told him she and Bodie began planning “to get her dad out of the picture” about two weeks before the shooting.

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