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A Carbondale woman faces murder and arson charges

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A Carbondale woman has been charged with murder and arson for her involvement with a residential fire.

The Jackson County State’s Attorney says 24-year-old Lakesha Ross is charged on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated arson in connection to a residential fire near the 500 block of South Rawlings Street in Carbondale.

The fire resulted in the death of 45-year-old Brandon Coofer of Murphysboro.

In the early morning of March 21, Carbondale Police received a 911 call reporting the structure fire and a victim suffering from a life-threatening injury, later identified as Coofer.

He was taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale for further treatment.

On April 16th, Coofer died from his injuries.

On April 26th, Ross was arrested by the Carbondale Police Department and taken to the Jackson County Jail.

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