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Grandmother Bingo Player Burned Alive; Suspect Ruled Competent

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — One of three defendants accused in the carjacking killing of an 85-year-old grandmother has been found mentally fit to stand trial.  The defendant in question is  19-year-old DaQuan Barnes.

Barnes and two others have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the death of Yoko Cullen last May.

Authorities allege the suspects staked out Cullen outside a Collinsville bingo hall where one of them knew she played, then stopped her from driving away. Authorities say Cullen was forced into her trunk and driven to East St. Louis, where her car was set on fire.

Investigators have said they believe Cullen was alive when her suspected carjackers burned the vehicle.

Each suspect is jailed on $3 million bond.

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