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Oak Forest Arsonist/Murderer Denied Bail

By Margaret Lyons in News on Jan 2, 2008 6:31PM


A tiny bit more information coming out today about Subhas Chander, the Oak Forest man who's been charged with murdering his daughter, grandson and son-in-law. He was ordered held without bail yesterday, and his lawyer says he's suffering from some liver problems.

Prosecutors said that Chander had admitted to lighting the fire, and they said Chander had said his son-in-law was from a lower caste. First Assistant State's Attorney Robert Milan told the judge that "It's pretty clear from the defendant's own statements and other evidence that we have that he did not like his son-in-law at all."

But some of the deceased couple's friends disagree, as does Chander's sister, who told WBBM that "There was no family problem," and claims her brother is innocent. Riiiiight.

There were 26 cases of domestic-related arson in Illinois in 2006. [AP, S-T, Trib]

Burned building by Sue Harper