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Cass County, Illinois Well, Shirley Skinner may have awakened Wednesday thinking she had a chance of Santa Claus not crossing her name completely off his list. What she may have not realized, Santa is a pretty clever and resourceful man. As she was sitting patiently in court waiting to hear if her bond had been decreased from $5 million to something more affordable, the naughty file attached to Shirley was opened a bit wider. Any chance of grandma spending the holidays at home with her family by bail reduction became as likely as the chance for Steven, the guy she allegedly shot to death, has in spending it with his two small children.
Shirley Skinner sat in court today and listened as the Cass County grand jury (oxymoron if I’ve ever typed one) added two more charges on top of the three count indictment of murder. Solicitation of murder for hire. Two counts. She wasn’t just stupid once, she is showing a pattern here.
The indictment shows old hag Shirley not only tried to off her granddaughter’s soon to be ex-husband, she tried to prey upon a couple of employees, Donald Russel and Leland (Mike) Knott, who worked for Triple S. Forest Products Inc., a business she owned in nearby Beardstown Illinois. Between the dates of August 1 and September 25, 2008, she allegedly offered up $10,000 if someone would take care of their little problem.
How did her defense handle the accusations? With a great deal of common sense, that’s how. They met the accusations head on and told the truth. Everyone around Central Illinois knows that soliciting murder for a definitive amount of money is normal chit chat over cups of coffee.
One of the best things that has come out of the newest charges: it pretty much blows any self-defense claim of Steven pushing her down. It shows cold and calculated premeditation to the extent of having to pull the trigger herself since she couldn’t find anyone quite evil enough to accept payment for a murder. You just can’t trust anyone else to do a thorough job – you’ve got to do it yourself.
Although things are getting done now that the Illinois State Police are in charge, it still pisses me off to no end that this entire murder was planned out and executed with that small child in the house. The entire bunch of them are spiteful, manipulative, and fucking evil to the core. Further: I can understand keeping little Sidney in her room for the remainder of that evening but what happened the next morning? Did they allow her to step through the mess that was remaining on the floor? “Oh don’t sit there, honey. That’s where your daddy’s brains were. It’s not sanitary.” Fuck those people. They don’t deserve the decency of a free day with an innocent child…the child whose father was shot in cold blood because the courts were about to find out Jennifer and family were pieces of shit. Sorry Skinner clan. Not only are the courts finding this out, but the world is also. Sleep well, Jennifer and Kenneth, there are real police on the case now. Your involvement is coming out soon. I hear it’s noisy as hell in jail.
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