MURPHYSBORO — A Jackson County Grand Jury on Friday returned an indictment charging a Carbondale woman with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of concealing a homicidal death.

The indictment charges that on Aug. 29, Lauren Stinde, 23, of Carbondale, acting in concert with another, killed Robin Stief by hitting her on the head with a hammer, strangling and suffocating her, according to a news release from Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr.

The bill of indictment alleges two alternative counts of first degree murder, according to Carr. The counts are similar, with the exception that Count 1 alleges the acts were performed by Stinde with the intent to kill or cause great bodily harm to Stief, and Count 2 alleges Stinde would know such acts created a strong probability of death or great bodily harm, thereby causing the death.

The sentence for a murder conviction in Illinois is 20 to 60 years.

Count 3 against Stinde, charging her with concealment of a homicidal death, alleges she, acting in concert with others, concealed the death of Stief by placing the victim’s body into a trash can and concealing the trash can in a wooded area.

Stinde was previously charged by the Jackson County State’s Attorney with two counts of first degree murder, and one count of concealment of a homicidal death. Grand jury indictments typically supersede previous charges of a similar nature.

The burned remains of a human, later identified as Stief, were found in a wooded area along Piles Fork Creek Road near the 900 block of East Main Street on Aug. 30. Stinde is in custody at the Jackson County Jail and her bond is set at $1 million. She is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment at 9 a.m. on Nov. 17.

Two others also have been charged in connection with this case. Robert Dennis, 25, and Tiesha Anderson, 22, both have been charged with concealment of a homicidal death.

molly.parker@thesouthern.com

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