Bench Trial Underway for Murphysboro Man Accused in Parents’ 2017 Deaths

The bench trial for a Murphysboro man accused of murdering his parents in 2017 is now underway. 41-year-old Keith Ritcheson faces two counts of murder along with other charges stemming from the deaths of Burl and Brenda Ritcheson in their Murphysboro home in August of last year. If convicted, Ritcheson, who opted for a bench trial instead of the standard trial by jury, faces a minimum 90-year sentence.