Illinois EMTs Charged with First-Degree Murder of Earl L. Moore Jr.

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Two Illinois medical workers from LifeStar Ambulance Service, Inc. were charged Monday with first-degree murder in the December 18 death of a man in Springfield, Illinois.

Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright filed charges against Peggy Jill Finley, 44, and Peter J. Cadigan, 50. Acts by Finley and Cadigan resulted in the death of Earl L. Moore Jr., 35, Wright said at a news conference Tuesday morning.

Footage captured by police cameras shows Finley and Cadigan strapping a Moore face down onto a gurney.

Moore was pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m. after being transported to a local hospital.

He died of “compression and positional asphyxia due to lying prone face down on a paramedic transport bed/stretcher by tight straps across the back,” said Sangamon County coroner Jim Allmon on Tuesday.

Finley and Cadigan, according to the criminal charges read by Wright, “knew, based on their training, experience and the surrounding circumstances, that such acts would create a substantial likelihood of great bodily harm or death.”

How it unfolded

An original call came in at 2:02 a.m. for a residence, Police Chief Ken van Springfield Scarlette said. That call indicated that several people with weapons were in the home.

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