Sanity hearing next month for Joliet man charged in mother’s murder
Rex Robinson | 2/12/2014, 3:54 p.m.
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 scheduled 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 appeared in court later, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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