PEORIA — Bond was set at $3 million Tuesday for a Princeville man charged with stabbing his parents to death.
Jose Ramirez, 21, faces two first-degree murder charges in the deaths of his parents, Bradley University English professor Susan Brill de Ramirez and her husband, Bradley IT professional Antonio Ramirez Barron.
Officials with the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office said in court Tuesday that Ramirez pepper-sprayed his parents before stabbing them and hitting them with a baseball bat. Ramirez reportedly talked about killing his parents multiple times before the incident.
Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said the couple last reported to work on Thursday. Asbell said he believes the murders happened sometime early Friday.
Blood stains were found in his parents’ bedroom in the rural Princeville home, and on his father’s Honda. The keys to the Honda were found at a house where Ramirez frequently spent time. A TV and his parents’ credit cards were also found at that house.
In one version of his story, Ramirez reportedly told officials he wrapped his parents’ bodies in a tarp and a tent. He mentioned a second person helping him in another telling of the story, officials said.
Officials are searching for the remains in rural Henry County, north of Annawan.
Matthew Roberts, 20, of Princeville, faces charges of concealment of a homicidal death and obstruction of justice in connection with the case.
Ramirez was appointed a public defender. He is set to appear in court again on Nov. 29.
Ramirez could face life in prison if convicted on both murder counts.