CHICAGO, IL (CNN) - A Chicago grandmother joins her grandson behind bars. Officials say the two conspired to kill the 64-year-old's husband for his money.
On the block where 72-year-old William Strickland lived for decades, neighbors can't believe it. "I've got headaches just from thinking about this. I'm like, oh my God."
It was on March 2nd that Strickland was shot six times in the back as he waited outside his house for a bus to go to his weekly kidney dialysis appointment.
Shortly after the murder, neighbors saw Strickland's 19-year-old grandson, William D. Strickland, tooling around in a shiny new red sports car. "He was in the garage fixing it up. And I passed by, and I looked at him and kept going."
Everybody was saying, well, how did he get the money to get it? And who gave it to him? That's what all the speculation was about.
Prosecutors say the car was bought by 64-year-old Janet Strickland, the victim's wife, as payment to her grandson for the murder.
The pair allegedly went on a shopping spree with the victim's money; the grandson paying for new tattoos, shoes, and a phone. "He acted like nothing happened. He just acted like it didn't faze him."
The younger Strickland was charged in the murder last month (March), but it wasn't until last Thursday that Mrs. Strickland was arrested.
Neighbors say the teen was sent by his mother to live with his grandfather, a retired steel worker, who tried to get him a job. "He was a family man. He loved his wife. He loved his grandson. I would have never imagined."
The last time I seen him, he was outside shoveling his snow, and I said Mr. Strickland, don't work too hard out here. And he said ‘No, I'll take my time.' So he was a beautiful guy."