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Jose Ramirez found guilty of murder in adoptive parents’ 2018 deaths

PEORIA (HOI) — The Princeville man accused of killing his adoptive parents has been found guilty on both counts of murder Wednesday.

It took three days for Jose Ramirez to be found guilty by a judge in his bench trial.

Ramirez was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Bradley University professor Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron in October 2018.

On Wednesday, prosecutors and defense attorneys gave closing arguments.

During the prosecutors’ arguments, a states attorney highlighted Ramirez’s confession in a police interview to the murders and his plan to kill the victims in advance.

Ramirez, who opted for the bench trial in October, confessed to the murders during an interview with detectives during the investigation, which was shown in court on Friday.

“Yeah, I did it,” he told detectives in the interview one day after the double homicide. “… I stabbed my dad first, and then I stabbed my mom,” Ramirez said.

The defense stressed there was no physical evidence that Ramirez killed his parents.

“Of the 100 pieces of evidence… point out a single shred of evidence that ties these markers to Mr. Ramirez… nothing,” said defense attorney Hugh Toner.

Matthew Roberts, who is also facing first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Ramirez’s adoptive parents, will be back in court November 25 negotiating a plea.

Drew Veskauf

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