Sanity hearing to be held for Joliet man charged with murdering his mother

Rex Robinson | 2/9/2014, 5:02 p.m. | Updated on 2/10/2014, 5:17 p.m.
A sanity hearing has been scheduled for a 22-year-old man charged with stabbing his mother and tossing her body into ...
A sanity hearing is scheduled for next month for Charles McCullum who is being held on a $5 million bond in the stabbing death of his mother, Jeanie Parker, last March in Joliet.

A sanity hearing has been scheduled for a 22-year-old man charged with stabbing his mother and tossing her body into the Des Plaines River in Joliet last March.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed Thursday to set the hearing for next month for Charles McCullum, who is being on $5 million bond, charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of concealing a homicide in the stabbing death of 54-year-old Jeanie Parker, of the 100 block of Fifth Avenue, in Joliet. The hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Will County Court House.

Fishermen discovered Parker’s body April 13 along the shores of the Des Plaines River near Harrah’s Casino in Joliet. Emergency crews had been combing the river in search of Parker’s body since March 21.

McCullum was arrested about 10 a.m. March 21st after police stopped him driving his mother’s 2002 blue Intrepid along Houbolt Road. Police immediately noticed blood on his clothing and more blood inside the car on the backseat, police said.

McCullum, police said, confessed to stabbing his mother several times between the hours of 3 and 6 a.m. March 21, and then dragging her body into the garage and placing it in the backseat of the car. He then drove to the bridge along Jefferson Street and dumped the body into the water, Joliet police said at the time. When McCullum later appeared in court, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Police were called to Parker’s home for a well being check just before 7 a.m. that morning after a neighbor phoned police and expressed concern that they could not reach Parker by phone.

When police arrived on the scene they noticed a “significant amount of blood” leading from the back door of the home to the garage, stopping at a point where a car would have been parked, according to Police Chief Brian Benton. Benton said once inside, police found “significantly more blood throughout the house.”

Parker’s brother, Darrell Williams, told The Times Weekly after the arrest of his nephew that there had been an argument on the night of March 20 between Parker and McCullum in the Fifth Avenue home prior to the stabbing and that Parker refused to let McCullum use her car.

Williams also told The Times Weekly back in April that McCullum had been diagnosed with a mental illness several months ago and had been seeing a doctor.

At the time of the murder, McCullum had been drinking and taking some kind of pill, Williams said at the time.