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Double-murder trial begins for man accused of killing adoptive parents

PEORIA (WEEK) — The bench trial of Jose Ramirez began Friday with prosecutors describing the brutal way in which he allegedly killed his adoptive parents.

Ramirez faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Susan Brill De Ramirez and her husband, Antonio Ramirez Barron, at their Princeville home in 2018.

Even with evidence from recorded interviews with Ramirez and testimonies from police officials, a verdict was not reached in the case Friday.

In a recorded police interview with Ramirez, he’s shown telling police of how he killed his adoptive parents, but said, “The why doesn’t matter.”

In the interview, Ramirez described the attack, saying he pepper sprayed his parents, and stabbed them in the stomach and neck. He then said he cleaned the home to make it look like a robbery.

“I kind of just wanted them dead,” Ramirez said in the recorded interview.

A Peoria County Sheriff’s deputy, who was the first to respond to the call, said he saw blood at he entrance, cleaning supplies on the kitchen floor, blood stains on the carpet in one of the bedrooms, as well several drawers, jewelry boxes and items in disarray.

25 News Staff

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