Thursday, April 25, 2013
Elva Hernandez pleaded guilty to helping her son, Juan Cuellar, dispose of his gun after Cuellar allegedly shot to death Hinsdale South graduate Joshua Holmes last fall.
The mother of the man charged with last September's murder of Hinsdale South graduate Joshua Holmes will spend two years in prison for helping her son attempt to dispose of the murder weapon, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. Elva Hernandez, 43, of Willowbrook, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Kathryn Creswell after she pleaded guilty to obstructing justice, a class 4 felony, for throwing into the Fox River the gun her son, 23-year-old Juan Cuellar, allegedly used to murder Joshua Holmes, 18, on the evening of Sept. 24, according to a state's attorney's office release. READ: Police Charge Willowbrook Man With Murder of Hinsdale South Grad The following day, the state's attorney's release reads, a local resident …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Adam Belmont, of Northlake, is charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Woodridge resident Alyssa Van Meter.
A Northlake man is accused of stabbing to death and then sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend, a Woodridge resident. He was denied bond in DuPage County Court on Monday. According to the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, 23-year-old Adam Belmont, of Northlake, is charged with the first-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend, Woodridge resident Alyssa Van Meter. Belmont appeared in court Monday and was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of home invasion, both Class X felonies. Stay updated with breaking news alerts about your community. His next court date is Jan. 14. If convicted, Belmont faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. Woodridge …
Monday, November 19, 2012
A woman kidnapped at knifepoint early Friday had been denied an order of protection against her attacker last month, the Tribune reported Monday.
A Darien man charged with murder and aggravated kidnapping was ordered to be held without bail Monday. Joseph Spitalli, 34, of 7529 Country Lane in Darien, was taken into custody Sunday and charged with murder in the stabbing death of 31-year-old Teymur Huseynli, of Skokie. Spitalli was also charged with aggravated kidnapping after officials said he kidnapped Huseynli's ex-girlfriend, 28-year-old Kristina Baltrimaviciene. READ MORE: Huseynli and Baltrimaviciene left Baltrimaviciene’s apartment sometime before midnight Friday to walk a dog. Spitalli allegedly approached the couple, and a fight between Huseynli and Spitalli ensued. Spitalli allegedly grabbed Huseynli from behind and slit his throat. He allegedly forced Baltrimaviciene …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
A Darien man was charged with first degree murder and aggravated kidnapping following the murder, which the State's Attorney's Office said took place on Friday in Darien.
A Darien man has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated kidnapping after DuPage County officials said he killed one person and then kidnapped a woman at knifepoint Friday. Joseph Spitalli, 34, of 7529 Country Lane in Darien, was taken into custody Sunday and charged with murder in the stabbing death of 31-year-old Teymur Huseynli. Spitalli was also charged with aggravated kidnapping after officials said he kidnapped Huseynli's girlfriend. Darien police responded at 12:25 a.m. Friday to a battery call on Wildwood Court in Darien, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's press release. They found Huseynli dead on the lawn of an apparent knife wound. Officials aren't releasing any other information at this time. …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
John L. Wilson, Jr., is scheduled to appear in court again next month.
John L. Wilson, Jr., the man charged with the brutal murder of 14-year-old Lyons Township freshman Kelli O'Laughlin, is scheduled to appear in court next month for a status hearing. The case against the Chicago man, who had been out on parole at the time he burglarized the teen's Indian Head Park home, has progressed slowly. Wilson was taken into custody on November 2, 2011, six days after prosecutors say he stabbed the teen to death. He was charged with first-degree murder. READ: Suspect Charged With O'Laughlin Murder Has Long Criminal History Wilson was presented with a 31-count felony indictment that included charges of first-degree murder, residential burglary, armed robbery, aggravated unlawful restraint and home invasion on …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Juan Cuellar was in court this week, where he pleaded not guilty to all five counts related to the September murder of Joshua Holmes in unincorporated Willowbrook.
A Willowbrook man charged in the shooting death of a Hinsdale South High School graduate has pleaded not guilty. Juan Cuellar denied a five-count murder indictment during an Oct. 22 hearing. He remains held without bond in DuPage County Jail. READ: Police Charge Willowbrook Man With Murder of Hinsdale South Grad Prosecutors allege Cuellar drove up on 18-year-old Joshua Holmes as he walked near the Lake Hinsdale Terrace apartments on the evening of Sept. 24 and fired six times, hitting Holmes who later died. Cuellar is scheduled to return to court Nov. 27. PHOTOS: Who Was Joshua Holmes? Cuellar's mother, 42-year-old Elva Hernandez, also pleaded not guilty this week to obstruction of justice charges. She concealed the gun Cuellar used in the…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Drew Peterson got 15 minutes with his mother's body.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Prosecutors have filed paperwork stating they will give immunity to two women who might not otherwise testify to what they know about the murder that took place in unincorporated Willowbrook.
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Monday, October 15, 2012
Prosecutors in the case of Juan Cuellar, the 23-year-old unincorporated Willowbrook man accused of shooting to death Hinsdale South graduate Joshua Holmes, have filed paperwork stating they will give immunity to two witnesses who might not otherwise testify to what they know about the killing, court records show. The witnesses, both identified as women, would likely refuse to testify or "produce evidence" for fear of self-incrimination without immunity protection, prosecutors stated in the court filing. Don't miss a news update. Sign up for Darien Patch's newsletter and like Darien Patch on Facebook. Records do not elaborate on the content of their potential testimony. Cuellar remains in DuPage County Jail without bond. He is scheduled for…
Friday, October 12, 2012
Drew Peterson got 15 minutes with his mother's body.
Will County Sheriff's deputies escorted a shackled Drew Peterson to a Darien funeral home to see his mother's body for a last time, a source said. Peterson had a brief visit with his deceased mother Thursday afternoon before he was returned to the Will County jail, where he has been locked up for the last three and a half years, the source said. Peterson was at Modell Funeral Home in Darien for about 15 minutes, the source said. Another source said Peterson was in tears while at the funeral home and under guard by several sheriff's deputies. Peterson saw his mother before the public viewing. Peterson's mother, Betty Morphey, died Monday at 84. After Peterson's father, Donald Peterson, died, Morphey married Albert Morphey, who has also …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The mother of the former Bolingbrook police officer, convicted of killing his third wife, passed away this week.
Drew Peterson's mother died a month and two days after her son was convicted of murder. Betty Morphey, 84, never attended a single day of her son's five-week murder trial. She also never visited Peterson in the three and a half years he has been locked up in the Will County jail. Morphey suffered from severe dementia, according to a source close to the family. Morphey was married to Peterson's father, Donald Peterson, for 38 years. When her husband died she married Albert Morphey, Donald Peterson's boss at Northern Illinois Gas Company. One of Albert Morphey's sons, Thomas Morphey, has said he helped Peterson carry a blue barrel containing the dead body of Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, out of his house. Thomas Morphey also said …