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A Chicago grandmother has been arrested in connection with the killing of her husband. The 64-year-old woman and her grandson plotted the crime, police say.
Janet Strickland and her grandson William Strickland, 19, have been charged with first-degree murder, the Chicago Tribune reports. William allegedly shot and killed his 72-year-old grandfather, also named William Strickland, while the elder Strickland was waiting for the bus to go to a dialysis appointment.
The grandmother and grandson's case includes the possibility of conspiracy charges. So what will prosecutors need to prove to make that charge stick?
Generally, a conspiracy exists when the following elements are met:
Aiding and Abetting, or Being an Accessory
One step below conspiracy is aiding and abetting, or being an accessory to a crime. A person charged with aiding and abetting is usually not present when the crime is committed, but he or she has knowledge of the crime and may assist in its commission through advice, actions, or financial support. So the grandmother could have faced aiding and abetting or accessory charges, had she not been the alleged mastermind behind the plot.
The younger William Strickland is being held without bail, the Tribune reports. Bail for his grandmother, who is being treated for lung disease, was set at $500,000.