Crime & Courts

Family members sue Spring Grove man charged with killing wife

Lorin Volberding, 71
Lorin Volberding, 71

WOODSTOCK – A Spring Grove man charged with fatally shooting his wife in the neck in their home faces a lawsuit family members of the victim have filed that could take away his rights to the couple’s assets and property.

Lorin E. Volberding, 71, was arrested and charged Feb. 3 with first-degree murder after police said he killed his wife in their home, located in the 10800 block of Riviera Drive.

Prosecutors said Lorin Volberding called a neighbor and told him he shot his wife. The neighbor then called 911.

Spring Grove police found Lorin Volberding in the home. Authorities said he told investigators clearly and coherently that he shot his wife, and then said, “Give me a few moments, and I’ll tell you everything.”

Jennifer Tison, Elizabeth Volberding’s daughter, and Bryan Behles filed the lawsuit Feb. 28, arguing the court should issue a ruling preventing Lorin Volberding from getting any of the couple’s joint assets, according to court documents.

According to state law, a person who “intentionally and unjustifiably causes the death of another shall not receive any property, benefit or beneficiary.” The property or benefit would pass the person causing death as if they died before the decedent.

Tison and Behles are named in Elizabeth Volberding’s will, and they also are the contingent beneficiaries of the Lorin E. and Elizabeth M. Volberding Trust, which includes their Spring Grove home.

Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Zalud previously said the residence was valued at more than $299,000.

The Tison family stepped away from the Volberdings in 2007, Tison previously told the Northwest Herald.

“It was too difficult raising young boys into respectful men while watching their grandmother be mistreated by her husband,” Tison said.

Herb Franks, Behles’ and Tison’s attorney, said his clients are “seeking justice” for Elizabeth Volberding.

“The family doesn’t want him to benefit from this crime,” Franks said.

Volberding was told about the lawsuit against him March 7, and he has 30 days to respond.

He remains in McHenry County Jail custody in lieu of posting 10 percent of his $3 million bond.

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