Two brothers have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a suburban landlord who had been missing for nearly two months.
Two Chicago men accused of murdering their landlord allegedly lured him to the home with a call of a "leaky roof" before choking him to death, prosecutors said.
The brothers, Elijah and Tony Green, and a roommate had owed rent to 76-year-old Vasudeva Kethireddy when the siblings began plotting the murder last month, prosecutors alleged in bond court Monday.
According to officials, the roommate overheard the duo discussing a plan together one day before Kethireddy went missing.
Tony Green allegedly called Kethireddy, of Rolling Meadows, on Aug. 3 to tell him about a leaky roof at the property in the 6200 block of South May Street. When Kethireddy arrived the next day, Tony Green led him to the back of the home as Elijah Green snuck up from behind and put him in a chokehold until he died, prosecutors claimed.
The roommate witnessed
Elijah Green carrying the 76-year-old's body over his shoulder to the back door, officials said.
The duo allegedly could not find a good spot to dispose of the body so they left it in the back seat of Kethireddy's car and covered the vehicle, prosecutors said. Authorities say the brothers stole $1,600 in cash from inside the car.
Later that night and into Sunday morning, the pair drove the car to a sewer in front of their house, where Kethireddy's body was found more than a month later.
According to prosecutors, the pair also used Kethireddy's credit cards at businesses near the home.
The two became suspects after detectives discovered searches on Tony Green's phone for "how long it takes for a body in sewer water to decompose," prosecutors said.
Investigators found Kethireddy's body Friday in a sewer in that same block of the Englewood neighborhood, near the location where his car was discovered in the weeds behind an abandoned home.
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