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Authorities: Geneva Man Killed Wife, Dumped Body on Train Tracks

Shadwick R. King of Geneva is charged with two counts of first-degree homicide in connection with death of his wife, Kathleen King, 32, of Geneva.

A Geneva man is accused of murdering his wife in their east-side home and then dumping her body on the Metra train tracks on Sunday, authorities said Friday.

Shadwick R. King, 47, of the 800 block of Oak Street in Geneva, is being held on a $1.5 million bond on two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Kathleen King, 32, of Geneva, according to Kane County State’s Attorney Office.

King was taken into custody on an investigative hold Tuesday, jail officials told Patch Thursday. The murder is the first in Geneva since July 2, 1975, said Geneva Police Commander Julie Nash. 

“The thoughts of the entire Geneva Police Department are with Kathleen King’s family. We will continue to work with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office to ensure she receives justice,” said Geneva Police Chief Steve Mexin in a prepared statement.

Authorities said Kathleen died of asphyxiation at some point after 5 a.m. on July 6.

A Metra conductor spotted Kathleen’s body after 6:30 a.m. on July 6 on the Union Pacific Railway tracks south of Esping Park, 227 Briar Lane, according to Geneva Police. Police responded to the tracks at 6:50 a.m. where they determined Kathleen was dead.

King appeared in bond court Friday morning in Kane County. He is next expected in court at 9 a.m. on July 23 in the Kane County Judicial Center in front of Circuit Judge James C. Hallock.

If convicted, King could be sentenced to 20 to 60 years in prison, prosecutors said.
shelly July 14, 2014 at 02:45 AM
What about the murder on North Hampton back in 2005?
Jon Azavedo July 14, 2014 at 11:46 AM
@DJP read today's Chronicle. As predicted, the snarky, breathless comments by the local reporters have already started. Comforter found! Video of husband! Got a complaint about tabloid comments? Write to the reporters, I simply made a prediction. My second prediction is that you are a dimwit.
DJP July 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM
@JonAzavedo: I was trying to demonstrate compassion, and dignity. Obviously two traits you don't possess.
Jon Azavedo July 16, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Prediction three-DJP also posses the traits of naivety and ignorance. Compassion and dignity for a killer, a cheater or simply the dead?
Jon Azavedo July 16, 2014 at 08:54 PM
New from the Beacon: "Hallock granted temporary permission for extended media coverage of Shadwick’s appearance after a request was made by a local media outlet to have a photographer at the hearing. King’s defense objected to Hallock’s decision." OOOOOOOOOHH,,,,extended media coverage......and the games begin.........

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