Trial for man accused of killing his parents continues, expected to end after 3 days

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PEORIA, Ill. — The trial for the Princeville man accused of murdering his parents is expected to end Wednesday.

Prosecutors spent Tuesday afternoon wrapping up their case.

The defense has requested to conclude the trial Wednesday. Judge Katherine Gorman decided all parties will meet at 9:30 a.m. to finish the trial.

Ramirez, 22, and 21-year-old Matthew Roberts face counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Susan Brill De Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron in October 2018.

Ramirez had the opportunity to testify Tuesday afternoon and declined.

A forensic scientist with Illinois State Police looked over five blood samples found in Antonio Ramirez’s Honda CR-V, which prosecutors say Jose and his accused accomplice Roberts used to move the bodies, after allegedly murdering Ramirez’s parents.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood confirmed he looked over the autopsies of the couple. Harwood said a Dr. Fox performed the autopsies while he was contracted with the coroner’s office; he is no longer contracted with the coroner’s office.

Prosecutors also showed a video of Ramirez speaking with two friends from a holding cell, telling them he does not feel “sad” or “sorry.”

In a recorded interview, Jose had with a friend, he was asked if he felt bad for everything that has allegedly transpired.

“I know you guys probably want me to be sad, I’m sorry but I’m not,” Ramirez said.

“I think at some point things will circle, you’ll go through different things just because of the situation,” one of his friends said.

While he said he was not sad, he said something else was bothering him.

“I’m a little bit upset because there was someone that kinda helped me with it and he’s in here now. I tried as hard as possible when they were questioning me to not get him involved, but somehow they found out his name and got involved instead. Now he’s in with me,” Ramirez said.

“Because of the severity of my crimes, I’m considering more of a serial murderer, so instead of just a regular murderer, which I don’t know if that makes any sense,” Ramirez said in another recorded interview.

This story will be updated.

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