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Crime & Courts

Ex-Chicago cop, Spring Grove man fit to stand trial; pleads not guilty to murder charges

Lorin Volberding
Lorin Volberding

WOODSTOCK – A former Chicago cop and Spring Grove resident accused of the first-degree murder of his wife was deemed psychologically competent to stand trial Friday.

Lorin Volberding, 71, appeared in court with his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, for an arraignment and to determine whether he was fit to stand trial. Mourelatos said his client was given an evaluation by Dr. Robert Meyer, a clinical psychologist, and Meyer found that Volberding was able to continue with all court proceedings.

Volberding was charged Feb. 3 after police said he fatally shot his wife, Elizabeth Volberding, also a former cop, on her birthday. She was found in their Spring Grove residence, in the 10800 block of Riviera Drive, after Lorin Volberding called a neighbor and told him what happened.

The neighbor then called 911, and members of the Spring Grove Police Department arrived to also find Lorin Volberding in the home, prosecutors have said.

Prosecutors 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.”

He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Volberding was arraigned Friday and pleaded not guilty to all charges. He faces 20 years to natural life on the murder charge and an additional 25 years to natural life if it is found that a firearm was used in the commission of the crime.

Volberding is in McHenry County Jail custody in lieu of posting 10 percent of his $3 million bond. He will next appear in court May 26.

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