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Woodlawn man charged with killing roommates

Updated: May 27, 2012 8:05PM

A South Side man shot dead two roommates with a pistol in a dispute over who could stay at their Woodlawn home — then blasted both with a shotgun, just to make sure, prosecutors say.

Michael Myrieckes, 52, of the 6500 block of South Kenwood Avenue, allegedly killed Mario Tempana-Vena, 69, and Lorrie Heidrick, 48, on Friday night.

Myrieckes had lived at the apartment since 2010 and Tempana-Vena and Heidrick moved in at a later date, Assistant Cook County States Attorney Jennifer Hamelly said. During an argument about whether they could stay at the home, Myrieckes grabbed a .380-caliber handgun and shot both Tempana-Vena and Heidrick in the neck and body, Hamelly said.

But Hamelly “believed they may still be alive,” so fetched a shotgun and shot both victims again, the prosecutor said.

When police arrived at the scene, Myrieckes initially refused to leave the apartment, police say. After a SWAT team and the Hostage Barricade Terrorist Incident Unit showed up, he eventually surrendered, police said.

The victims’ blood was on his boxer shorts and he later gave a videotaped confession, Hamelly said.

Wearing a disposable Cook County Jail suit in court Sunday, Myrieckes was denied bail by Judge Israel Desierto. He was ordered taken to the jail hospital.

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