Over a week after Tri-County Pregnancy and Parenting volunteer Sonia Hume died in a head-on car crash on Tryon Grove Road near Hebron, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department charged the driver of the second car, Luis E. Raminez, with murder and reckless homicide.
The Sheriff’s Department belatedly posed an August 5th press release, but I didn’t run it because I couldn’t copy and paste it. It was copy protected unless I captured it in an unsearchable format, such as the image you see below:
Apparently nothing worth talking about happened between August 5th and August 15th, because no press releases were posted between the two dates.
Today, I found an August 15th press release on the arrest of Luis E. Ramirez for murder and reckless homicide.
You see an image of it below, which can be enlarged by clicking on it.
The release says that “additional interviews” led to the charges.
“During the course of the investigation it was determined it was not an accident, it was an intentional act committed by Luis E. Ramirez,” the press release says. The release also says Ramirez did not know Sonia Hume.
Here’s what the law says about the crime of murder:
720 ILCS 5/ Criminal Code of 1961. (720 ILCS 5/Art. 9 heading)
ARTICLE 9. HOMICIDE
(720 ILCS 5/9‑1) (from Ch. 38, par. 9‑1)
Sec. 9‑1. First degree Murder ‑ Death penalties ‑ Exceptions ‑ Separate Hearings ‑ Proof ‑ Findings ‑ Appellate procedures ‑ Reversals.
(a) A person who kills an individual without lawful justification commits first degree murder if, in performing the acts which cause the death:
- he either intends to kill or do great bodily harm to that individual or another, or knows that such acts will cause death to that individual or another; or
- he knows that such acts create a strong probability of death or great bodily harm to that individual or another; or
- he is attempting or committing a forcible felony other than second degree murder.
This is going to be an interesting case to watch.