Crime & Courts

Murder trial set for former police officer, Spring Grove man

Lorin Volberding, 73, of the 10800 block of Riviera Drive, Spring Grove
Lorin Volberding, 73, of the 10800 block of Riviera Drive, Spring Grove

A retired Chicago police officer accused of killing his wife could go to trial in February, but his attorney has questions about the man’s mental state.

Attorneys set a tentative Feb. 4 trial date Tuesday morning for 73-year-old Lorin Volberding to go before a jury on murder charges.

Police arrested Volberding on Feb. 3, 2017, after finding his wife and fellow retired officer, Elizabeth Volberding, shot dead in the couple’s Spring Grove home.

Lorin Volberding’s attorney, Henry Sugden, agreed Tuesday to the February jury trial, but said he’d like to have a professional evaluate the man’s mental state.

It’s not the first time the subject has been brought up in court.

In a 2015 petition seeking an order of protection against Lorin Volberding, Elizabeth Volberding noted that her husband was diagnosed with “acute dementia” in December 2014.

She also wrote that Lorin Volberding came into her bedroom and threatened to kill her before going to the basement, where the couple stored their guns. Officers at the time had Lorin Volberding involuntarily admitted to the hospital for a mental health evaluation, according to the petition.

McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Zalud referenced the 2015 domestic situation in a request he filed shortly after Lorin Volberding arrived at the McHenry County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Zalud called the bond “unreasonably low” and requested that Judge Sharon Prather increase the amount, which she agreed to.

In August, Sugden unsuccessfully requested to reduce Lorin Volberding’s bond and allow the 73-year-old to live with a family member in Chicago. Sugden cited several of Lorin Volberding’s health problems, including surgery and a brush with throat cancer.

Lorin Volberding remained at the jail Tuesday on a $3 million bond on the murder charges.

He also faces more recent charges filed in March after police said he pushed a correctional officer at the county jail.

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