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Jury selection underway for Huntley murder trial

Published: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 12:41 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 11:12 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Opening statements will begin this morning for a Huntley man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend.

Twelve jurors and two alternates were chosen after a day-long jury selection for the murder trial of Robert Signorile, 44. He’s charged with the March 2012 death of his live-in girlfriend, 52-year-old Michelle C. Mathieu.

The trial, presided over by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather, is expected to last the week. Signorile’s first-degree murder charge came after Mathieu was found by authorities in the couple’s Sun City Huntley home. She died six days later at Sherman Hospital in Elgin.

Signorile previously rejected the state’s offer of 25 years in prison on a first-degree murder charge. In court documents, Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said Mathieu had fractured ribs and spine, a blown pupil and significant head trauma.

Signorile’s attorneys, public defender Rick Behof and Angelo Mourelatos have said that Mathieu had a history with alcohol abuse and a seizure disorder that could have caused, or played a role in, injuries similar to those that she sustained.

Seven months before his murder charge, Signorile was sentenced to a year of supervision and ordered to pay a $263 fine and undergo anger counseling for a domestic incident involving Mathieu.

He has been in custody at the McHenry County Jail on $2 million bond since his arrest.

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