Grand Jury indicts suspect in 2005 triple homicide

BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) - It was one of the most horrific crimes the city of Belleville had ever seen. Three victims were stabbed to death inside a hair salon on West Main St. March 2nd, 2005. Doris Fischer and Dorothy Bone were customers. Michael Cooney was the stylist.

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More than 11 years later a grand jury returns 1st degree murder charges against Samuel Johnson. Johnson was charged with burglary in the case, but at the time prosecutors did not believe there was enough evidence to charge him with murder.

Johnson is currently in a Missouri prison on un-related charges. He is eligible for a parole later this year. If he is extradited to Illinois, a judge has set his bail at $3,000,000.

We talked with a number of longtime residents who live near the building where the victims were murdered.

“It’ just something you don’t forget,” said Will Burns.

He said he feels a sense of relief over the news.

“I know a lot of people around here are relieved, so long as they got the right one.”