Suburban Murder

Man Receives 45 Year Sentence for Murder of Grandmother Over Inheritance

A former northwest suburban man who murdered his grandmother in an effort to speed up his inheritance was sentenced to 45 years in prison Thursday. Rich A. Schmelzer, 44, formerly of East Dundee, was convicted on Dec. 20, 2016, of the murder of his grandmother, 85-year-old Mildred “Dodie” Darrington of East Dundee, according to the…

Father Murdered Twin Daughters and Wounded His Wife

Police in suburban Chicago have released a chilling 911 call on which a father tells a dispatcher that he had just shot dead his twin daughters, wounded his wife and was about to kill himself. When officers with the St Charles Police Department responded to a luxury condominium complex from which the emergency call came…

Twin Girls Shot, Killed in St Charles Identified

A middle-aged man stood silently near a memorial of flowers, candles, Teddy bears and handwritten notes before walking up and dropping to one knee. Wiping tears from his eyes, he briefly put a hand on one of the three wooden crosses that were placed on the ground. A few moments later, he stood up and…

Remorseless Killer Gets 20 Years for Murder of Naperville Roommate

After making an in-court statement that lasted more than 90 minutes, a man who strangled his new roommate in Naperville in 2014 was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison. In his address, Grant Muren, 24, criticized the DuPage County state’s attorneys who prosecuted him, called the man he killed, Charles Clark, a “vicious psychopath”…

Burr Ridge Man Guilty of Murdering his Mother Outside Church

A 30-year-old man has been found guilty for the 2013 murder of his mother after shooting her in the back of a vehicle in southwest suburban Burr Ridge. Michael Bassaly, formerly of Downers Grove, was found guilty of first degree murder for the fatal shooting of 61-year-old Yvonne Zaky Bassaly, according to the DuPage County…

Orland Park Man Charged with the Murder of his Wife

A 60-year-old man was charged Saturday in the murder of his wife in south suburban Orland Park, police said. Mary Homolka, 60, was found dead Friday afternoon in the family’s home in the 14000-block of Sheri Lane. She sustained a single gunshot wound to the head, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Her…

Retired Chicago Cop Accused of Shooting, Killing Wife in Spring Grove

A retired Chicago Police officer has been charged with killing his wife, also a retired Chicago Police officer, on Friday in northwest suburban Spring Grove. Lorin E. Volberding, 71, was charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of his wife and ordered held on $100,000 bail, according to McHenry County sheriff’s office records.…

Palos Park TEEN Killer GUILTY in Brutal Beating Deaths of his Parents

A jury deliberated less than two hours before delivering a guilty verdict for a former Palos Park man accused of grooming three friends to murder his parents. John Granat, 22, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder of his parents, John and Maria Granat. Granat was emotionless as the verdict was announced. Maria’s…

John Granat Showered his Friends with Gifts to Murder his Parents

BRIDGEVIEW, IL — John Granat was so motivated by hatred for his parents that he groomed his friends to murder them so he could inherit their businesses and money, prosecutors claimed at the long-awaited launch of the double-murder trial of Granat and former best friend Christopher Wyma. Cook County prosecutors Deborah Lawler and Donna Norton…