2nd suspect charged in VFW murder

February 8, 2010 9:18:54 AM PST
A second suspect has been charged in the murder of a suburban VFW commander who died after being attacked while depositing organization funds at a south suburban bank. Steve Smith, 25, is charged with first-degree murder and robbery. Jerry Brown, 27, faces the same charges. They are accused of robbing and beating 65-year-old Bill Burtner outside the A.J. Smith Federal Bank in Midlothian in November.

Police say Burtner was depositing proceeds from a fundraiser for World War II vets when he was attacked.

The medical examiner says Burtner's ribs were broken, triggering heart complications.