Crime & Courts

Judge increases bond to $3M for Spring Grove man accused of murdering wife

Lorin Volberding
Lorin Volberding

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County judge increased the bond for a Spring Grove man charged with the first-degree murder of his wife.

Lorin Volberding, 71, appeared in court Thursday in a wheelchair with his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, after prosecutors filed a motion to increase his $1 million bond to $5 million.

Volberding was charged Feb. 3 after police said he fatally shot his wife, Elizabeth Volberding, in the head-neck area. She was found in their Spring Grove residence, in the 10800 block of Riviera Drive, after Lorin Volberding called a neighbor and told him he shot his wife.

The neighbor then called 911, and members of the Spring Grove Police Department arrived to also find Lorin Volberding in the home, Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Zalud said.

Zalud said Lorin Volberding told police clearly and coherently that he shot his wife and then said, “Give me a few moments, and I’ll tell you everything.”

Zalud also referenced previous police contact at the home in January 2015, which resulted in Elizabeth Volberding filing an emergency order of protection against her husband. During the alleged 2015 incident, Lorin Volberding woke up his wife, called her names and said, “Get out of the house, I’m going to kill you,” according to the order.

She said Lorin Volberding went into the basement where the guns were kept, but she did not believe there was any ammunition in the home.

The two were both retired Chicago police officers.

Elizabeth Volberding was able to leave the residence after police were called, but her husband barricaded himself inside. The incident ended without injury after about three hours.

Elizabeth Volberding said her husband was diagnosed with acute dementia in December 2014, suffers from seizures, alcoholism and recently had heart surgery, according to the order.

She said after the incident her husband was involuntarily admitted to the hospital for a mental health evaluation, and police recommended that she seek an order of protection for her safety.

No charges were filed against Lorin Volberding, and the order of protection expired just weeks later, Feb. 5, 2015, after both parties failed to show in court.

Zalud said the residence the two lived in was valued at more than $299,000, meaning the defendant owned assets of significance and potentially could post 10 percent of the $1 million bond. Zalud also said Lorin Volberding’s behavior is a significant danger to the community and himself.

Mourelatos, who ordered a physical and mental evaluation for his client, said his client’s bond was more than fair given his age and the fact that he had no previous criminal history. He also said that after speaking with the family, they currently have no means to post Lorin Volberding’s bond.

McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather said that for the safety of the community and the defendant, she would raise his bond to $3 million.

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