Saturday, February 20, 2021 3:20 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
BELLEVILLE — A man awaiting trial in the 2005 triple homicide in Belleville has died of COVID-19. St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. says that 55-year-old Samuel L. Johnson died of complications of pneumonia and COVID-19. Johnson had been in the county jail before his death at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Johnson has been in custody since he was arrested on first-degree murder charges in the stabbing deaths of a hair dressers and two elderly sisters who were in his home shop to have their hair done.