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Police: Couple concocted break-in story

WOODSTOCK – A husband and wife accused in the weekend homicide of a Prairie Grove man initially told police they were victims of a home invasion, according to court records.

But McHenry County Sheriff's investigators say Kurt Milliman, 48, was answering a Craigslist ad and that Kimberly Smith, 28, had agreed to have sex with him for $40. Police said her husband, Timothy S. Smith, 26, was acting as her pimp and, after a dispute, shot Milliman in the torso.

Timothy S. Smith, 26, was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, pandering, obstructing justice and pimping. His bond was set at $900,000.

His wife, Kimberly A. (Holian) Smith, 28, was charged with two counts of obstructing justice, disorderly conduct and prostitution. Her bond was set at $50,000.

Following a 911 call, McHenry County Sheriff's Police responded at 10:59 p.m. Saturday to the Smiths' home at 4320 Doty Road near Woodstock. The couple was standing outside and told the deputy that the person inside had been shot, police have said.

According to court documents, Kimberly Smith told a deputy that a home invasion had occurred, knowing that was untrue. She also told an officer that her husband was not home when Milliman came into the house, police said.

Timothy Smith is accused of planting false evidence by arranging for his wife to call his cell phone to make it appear that he was not home at the time.

About two years ago, Craigslist agreed to shut down its erotic services section and create a new adult services section after pressure from the Illinois Attorney General's Office, among others. In September 2010, adult services, too, was shut down, but a personals section is still available.

That section includes a disclaimer that it may include adult content and users must be 18 years old. Several recent postings from people claiming to be from throughout the northwest suburbs, including McHenry County, are sexually suggestive and hint at prostitution.

Milliman, of Prairie Grove, was a former court security officer at the McHenry County Government Center and a civil process server. He owned Dirty Hog Saloon in Island Lake and worked selling insurance.

Milliman's fiancée, Karen Pratscher, said she loved him very much, but declined to comment further.

In 2009, Milliman unsuccessfully ran for Prairie Grove village president. Two years before that, he lost a bid for a McHenry County board seat.

Kurt Milliman is the brother of Deputy Scott Milliman, who has accused Sheriff Keith Nygren of soliciting murder and trafficking illegal aliens. Scott Milliman made the accusations in a deposition for a lawsuit filed by a former deputy, who said he was fired for blowing the whistle on racial profiling. The FBI looked into Milliman's allegations but decided against pursuing the case.

As part of the deposition, Scott Milliman said his brother told him he was fired as a civil process server around 2004 after serving papers to a man and then arresting him on active warrants. Process servers are not sworn police officers.
 

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