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Man Smothers Sister, Police Find 8-Month Dead Body

Last updated on Saturday, March 7, 2009

(CROWN POINT) - A crown point man faces murder charges after police say he smothered his sister to death and then lived in a house with her decomposing body for eight months.

57-year-old John Zajic was arrested Wednesday.

Police found the body of 60-year-old Mary Ann Zajic inside john Zajic's home in late February - while doing a welfare check.

They say her remains were covered by a trash bag inside of a filthy bedroom.

John told police that he and Mary Ann had gotten into an argument last august - over his inability to find a job.

He said the argument enraged him to the point that he suffocated his sister with a pillow.

He told them he stayed at home with the body because he didn't want to lose his sister.

Zajic faces a murder charge and another charge for failure to report a dead body.

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