The man accused of a triple murder in a Belleville hair salon in 2005 said in a jailhouse interview last week that he’s innocent, and that the prosecution knows it because they already charged someone else who was acquitted.
Samuel L. Johnson, 52, was charged last year with the murders of hairstylist Michael Cooney and two of Cooney’s clients, 79-year-old Doris Fischer and 82-year-old Dorothy Bone. The three were found stabbed to death on March 2, 2005 in Cooney’s home-based salon at 7813 W. Main St. in Belleville. Fischer and Bone were sisters.
“I am innocent,” Johnson said. “If you get a conviction, you will be convicting an innocent man.”
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly charged Johnson last year. Johnson had been scheduled to go to trial last week, but the trial was continued at the request of the defense.
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