Metro East woman convicted in murder of 85-year-old woman

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BELLEVILLE, IL. (KTVI) – A metro east judge convicted a woman today in the murder of an 85-year old Belleville woman. The judge found Latosha Cunningham guilty of murder in the death of Yoko Cullen.

Cullen was burned alive in her car’s trunk after being robbed of her bingo winnings.

Cullen was leaving the Fireman’s Hall in Collinsville when Cunningham and two others carjacked and robbed her.

They beat her with a tire iron until she gave up her ATM pin number, before putting her in the trunk and setting the car on fire.

21-year old Daquan Barnes pleaded guilty in the murder last month.

His uncle, 30-year-old Demarcus Barnes has been found mentally unfit to stand trial.

Cunningham faces 20 to 60 years in prison.

Her sentencing date is November 25th.

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