Crime & Courts

Judge sets $1M bond for Chicago man charged with murder in fatal alleged DUI crash

William Bishop, 42, of the 300 block of North Jefferson Street, Chicago.
William Bishop, 42, of the 300 block of North Jefferson Street, Chicago.

A McHenry County judge on Monday set a $1 million bond for a Chicago man who prosecutors believe was attempting to harm himself when he intentionally crashed his car, killing the driver in another vehicle.

William Bishop remained at the McHenry County Jail Tuesday afternoon in connection with the May 18 death of a 41-year-old McHenry man.

The man, who has since been identified as Jason E. Miller, was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash that occurred in the 1500 block of Vanderkarr Road near Hebron. The crash sent Bishop and a 56-year-old passenger in Miller’s van to the hospital.

Bishop, 42, now faces a list of charges including first-degree murder, aggravated driving under the influence, reckless homicide, aggravated reckless driving and aggravated battery – all stemming from the crash.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Bishop’s attorney Robert Deters declined to comment, saying it was too early to provide further details.

Prosecutors do not believe Bishop intentionally targeted Miller with the intent to kill him, McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said. Rather, it’s alleged that Bishop intentionally drove into oncoming traffic and crashed his car into Miller’s while trying to harm himself. In doing so, Bishop knew the crash was likely to result in serious injury or death, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Anyone experiencing thoughts of harming themselves should call 911 or call the McHenry County Crisis hotline at 1-800-892-8900. McHenry County residents also can reach immediate crisis support through text messaging or a phone call with the McHELP App.

Should Bishop post bail, he would be required to wear an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet, as well as surrender his passport.

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 23.

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