Pre-Trial Up Tuesday For Fil Am In Mom’s Killing

by Joseph G. Lariosa

CHICAGO (jGLi) – A 23-year-old jobless Filipino American will appear at a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday (Jan. 24) before Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt of the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Will County in outlying Chicago suburb of Joliet, Illinois.

Will County state’s attorney spokesman Chuck Pelkie said Michael L. Marzo has been indicted last Dec. 22nd on a two-count first degree murder and bond is set at $5-million.

Marzo needed to come up with 10% of the bond money to gain temporary freedom.

Marzo pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned last Dec. 27 for the alleged fatal stabbing of his mother, Shirley Marzo, 53, a registered nurse, in their home at the 500 Block of Nassau Avenue, Bolingbrook, Illinois last Dec. 2nd. He faces a maximum 20 to 60 years in prison without parole if convicted.

Lt. Michael Rompa of the Professional Standards of media relations of Bolingbrook Police, told this reporter in an email that Bolingbrook Police responded to a female caller at 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 2nd saying her mother had been found dead “from apparent stab wounds to her back.”

Preliminary investigation showed that a “domestic dispute may have occurred between the victim and her son.”

Michael Marzo was later arrested by Chenoa, Illinois and Illinois State Police about 85 miles southwest of Bolingbrook in Chenoa a short time later while driving a blue Toyota at the time he was stopped. He was later booked for questioning.

It was reported that Michael has “mental stability.” He and his mother were the only ones in the house at the time of the stabbing.

Shirley was a nurse and on call. Her husband was at work. Their daughters, Stephani and Charlene, slept at the residence of a family friend to keep them safe and away from the violent tendencies of their brother Michael.

Motive of the stabbing is still beng investigated.

Judge Schoenstedt provided defendant, Michael Marzo, an assistant Public Defender Daniel Kennedy, who is in private practice in Joliet, Pelkie said. (

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