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McCullom Lake son denies murdering, impersonating father in McHenry

Man accused of impersonating his dad in texts to conceal shooting

Michael L. Bakker
Michael L. Bakker

WOODSTOCK – A McCullom Lake man formally denied charges alleging he killed his father and used the slain man’s cellphone to pretend to be him.

Michael L. Bakker, 46, was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder and two counts alleging he concealed the homicide. He pleaded not guilty Friday before McHenry County Judge Michael Feetterer.

Bakker is accused of shooting his father in the head on or about Sept. 4. Authorities were called to 69-year-old Daniel Bakker’s home Sept. 17 and, according to a search warrant, the elder Bakker’s body had begun to decompose.

Court records said Daniel Bakker was found by his daughter and son-in-law at his 2501 Alton Road Home in McHenry, sitting upright on a sofa with a blanket draped over his head.

Police further alleged that Michael Bakker used his father’s cellphone to send text messages to other family members, and purported to be Daniel Bakker. Michael Bakker told family members and associates that Daniel Bakker, 69, was alive and receiving medical treatment, but unable to talk, according to the complaint.

Michael Bakker is being represented by Assistant Public Defender Kim Messer. His next court date is Nov. 6.

Bakker is being held in the McHenry County Jail on a $5 million bond. First-degree murder is punishable by 20 to 60 years in prison.

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