An awful, awful story in the Northwest Herald today:
A Huntley man has been charged with first-degree murder after police said he beat the woman he lived with who then died about six days later.
Robert Signorile, 43, of 12966 Rock Springs Lane, was arrested Monday – about five months after being convicted of domestic battery for a previous incident involving the victim, 52-year-old Michelle C. Mathieu.
Huntley police first were called to the couple’s home Aug. 19 by Mathieu. Signorile was charged with domestic battery for allegedly punching Mathieu several times and dragging her by her hair. He was convicted Oct. 19 and sentenced to one year of supervision and a $263 fine, and was ordered to undergo anger counseling.
On March 18, Huntley police were sent to the home for a second time after a call from a friend of the family, Police Chief John Perkins said.
Mathieu was found unconscious on the master bedroom floor. She was taken by the Huntley Fire Department to Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where she died about six days later, on March 24.
Signorile is accused of striking Mathieu repeatedly, knowing that such acts created a strong probability of death or bodily harm. The acts were “accompanied by exceptionally brutal or heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty,” according to a news release.
Police had gone to arrest Signorile the day after Mathieu was found unconscious, but Signorile had been hospitalized for a medical condition, which Perkins declined to identify.
Signorile was released from the hospital Monday and into the custody of Huntley police. He currently is being held at the McHenry County Jail on $2 million bond.
March 27 2012 03:13 pm | In the news