Second suspect found guilty of burning grandmother alive outside local bingo hall

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 5:57 PM

BELLEVILLE, Ill.—A 39-year-old woman on Monday was found guilty in the murder of an 85-year-old grandmother burned alive in her vehicle in 2011.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Bob Haida found LaTosha Cunningham guilty of killing Yoko Cullen after she had left a Collinsville bingo hall on May 8, 2011.

Cunningham could face up to 60 years and prison. Because of the murder conviction, she would have to serve the whole time without parole. Her sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 25.

DeQuan Barnes pleaded guilty to Cullen’s murder in Sept. He will be sentenced Oct. 30.

A third suspect, 30-year-old DeMarcus Barnes, was also charged in the crime.

Authorities say the three suspects, all of Belleville, waited for Cullen outside a Collinsville bingo hall where one of them knew she played and stopped her from driving away. Authorities say Cullen was forced into her trunk and driven to East St. Louis, where her car was set on fire.

Investigators said Cullen was alive when the vehicle was burned.

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