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Written by Joseph G. Lariosa   
Saturday, 29 August 2009 09:41

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(Journal Group Link International)

 

C HICAGO, Illinois (JGLi) – Winnebago County Judge Ron White in the outlying suburban Rockford, Illinois, ordered Friday (Aug. 28) the evaluation for fitness to attend the arraignment of the suspect in the killing of an elderly Filipino couple last July 8.

 

Judge White reset the arraignment of Ommarian T. Jones, 24, for Sept. 11, 2009, following the motion of his lawyer that Mr. Jones was not ready for the arraignment Friday.

 

The result of evaluation is usually available after two weeks. But the judge ordered to speed up of the evaluation in time for the arraignment on Sept. 11, according to Deputy State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross of Winnebago County.

 

Mr. Jones was charged with two counts of first degree murder for the “blunt instrument” killing of Reynato “Ray” V. Cardino, 77, and his wife, Leticia “Letie” V. Cardino, 75, in their home at 2623 Pleasant View, Rockford.

 

If convicted of the murders, Jones could be sentenced from natural life to death penalty.

 

 

Deputy State Attorney Hite Ross clarified that although former Illinois Gov. George Ryan pardoned all the prisoners in the Illinois Death Row and there is a moratorium in carrying out death sentence, death penalty is still in effect in the state.

 

Ms. Hite Ross would not confirm it but Mr. Jones was believed positively identified after samples of skin taken from the fingernails of the victims’ eldest son, Reyle, 51, was traced to Mr. Jones thru DNA tests.

 

Reyle Cardino got a piece of Jones when Reyle surprised Mr. Jones as Jones was killing his parents. Mr. Jones was said to have exclaimed to Reyle, “You are next.”

 

A very calm Reyle gave Jones a spirited fight. Jones fled and left the bloodied Reyle, who sustained wounds in his face. Reyle managed to ask the help of his parents’ neighbor, Walter Pacula, across the street. Mr. Pacula called 9-1-1

 

Meanwhile, Jones’ mother, Helen F. Jones, is due in court on Sept. 15, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. Mrs. Jones pleaded not guilty when arraigned last Aug. 21 for obstruction of justice. She did not call 9-1-1 when her son showed up at home after the killing of the couple and the injury of the couple’s son.

 

She is out on bail after posting $10,000 bond.

 

If convicted of the crime, Mrs. Jones’ penalty ranges from probation to one to three years in prison.

 

The Joneses live less than two blocks away from the victims’ home.

 

A uthorities still have not yet established the motive of the killing. But many suspect it was robbery as the suspect was already inside the house when the elderly couple arrived early in the evening.

 

Ray Cardino, a retired mechanical engineer who worked part-time assembling bikes at Wal-Mart, and Leticia “Letty” V. Cardino, 75, retired licensed architect who worked as building inspector for the city of Rockford, were found dead by Reyle.

 

The couple hails from Baliangao and Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental, in Mindanao.Reyle Cardino also sustained injuries as he fought off the killer of his parents he was visiting that night. Reyle reportedly identified the killer as Ommarian T. Jones. (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net) # # #  

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