A man accused of fatally shooting his mother while she was sleeping in the home he shared between his parents and their four children has been arraigned in federal court in Chicago.
Prosecutors charged Joshua Scott Janssen, 27, on Tuesday with second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-person murder.
Janssen was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in Chicago after being indicted on three counts of second-persons murder.
He has not entered a plea to those charges.
The slaying of 27-year-old Mary Ann L. Lopes, of the 3100 block of North Kedzie Avenue in Chicago, has left the Lopes family reeling and has sparked a national conversation about gun violence.
Jannsen has been in custody since the Oct. 30 slaying, and police have not said whether he was a suspect in the crime.
A day after the slaying, the Lope family posted on their Facebook page a picture of their daughter holding a photo of her mother in the front yard of her home.
The Lopes’ home was located on a street that had been shut down in the past few days because of the threat of flooding, which they feared was coming.
Police and the Lottas said they believe the woman who was killed in their home was killed during a fight.
The man accused in the case has been arrested in Illinois, authorities said.
In the aftermath of the killing, a large number of Lopes supporters rallied at the intersection of North and West Kedzens streets in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
A candlelight vigil was held near the Lodes home on Tuesday evening.