Crime & Courts

Judge denies bond reduction for former Spring Grove man, Chicago cop charged with wife's murder

Attorney: Man charged in wife’s death in poor health

Lorin E. Volberding, 72, formerly of Spring Grove
Lorin E. Volberding, 72, formerly of Spring Grove

A retired Chicago police officer charged in connection with his wife’s slaying will remain at the McHenry County Jail on $3 million bond after a judge’s ruling Tuesday.

Lorin E. Volberding, 72, asked McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather to reduce his bond from $3 million to $50,000. A family member had agreed to let Volberding stay with her in Chicago, and she said she was willing to drive him to and from court, defense attorney Henry Sugden said.

Volberding also would be able to wear an electronic monitoring system so authorities could keep track of his whereabouts. In his argument Tuesday, Sugden cited several health issues the elderly man has faced while in jail, including surgery and a brush with throat cancer.

Prather increased Volberding’s bond last year from $1 million to
$3 million, McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney John Gibbons noted in his objection.

Prather ultimately refused to reduce Volberding’s bond and told attorneys she wanted to see the case wrapped up sometime soon.

Volberding was charged Feb. 3, 2017, after police said he fatally shot his wife, Elizabeth Volberding, in the head and neck area. She was found in their Spring Grove home, in the
10800 block of Riviera Drive, after Lorin Volberding called a neighbor and told him he shot his wife.

The case will continue Sept. 25 in McHenry County court.

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