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Trial Set in Slayimg of Griffith Businesswoman

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Ralph Martinez
A January 20th trial date has been set in Lake County Criminal Court for an Alsip, Illinois, man accused of slaying a Griffith businesswoman who was found dead in the parking garage of a Lake County casino last year. Prosecutors charged 59-year-old Ralph Martinez with murder in the March 2013 shooting death of 76-year-old Mary Austgen of St. John.

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Mary Austgen

Police allege Austgen was abducted from the office of her business before her body was found the next day. The suspect also faces charges of robbery and criminal confinement and has been held without bail in the Lake County Jail. [Photos/provided]


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